LAS VEGAS (AP) — During a decade of reporting, Las Vegas submitted about 60 hate crimes a year to federal authorities, including a high of 105 incidents in 2006.
But there was a big drop in the most recent annual report to the FBI — from 65 reported bias cases in 2013, to 17 in 2014.
A church community leader, Pastor Troy Martinez, thinks that could be due to outreach by police, elected officials and religious groups.
A review by The Associated Press of FBI hate crime statistics since 2009 found that most Nevada police agencies report bias incidents to federal authorities most of the time.
Only Las Vegas reported every year.
That's the goal, according to the FBI. It says the tally improves awareness and understanding of the problem nationlly.