Terrorist Groups, Hate Signs: There's an App for That
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) are launching a new mobile web site that will enable law enforcement officers to quickly and easily access ADL's expert information on international terrorist symbols and hate crime indicators from anywhere using their mobile devices.
The site includes graphics and numerical symbols and acronyms used as shorthand by hate groups, with background information on each symbol's meaning and history. The new resource aims at helping detectives and patrol officers decipher the significance of hate symbols, tattoos or graffiti from the scene of a crime.
"This new tool is the latest in ADL's ongoing efforts to assist law enforcement in the fight against hate crimes, criminal extremism, and terrorism," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. "We are very proud to partner with the IACP to offer this resource to law enforcement across the country and to put vital information about extremist and hate symbols at their fingertips."
ADL was the first to launch an online database of extremist symbols in 2000. The new mobile web site repackages the information on hate and international terrorist symbols in an effort to make it easier for officers around the country to access the symbols using the latest handheld technology.
"The IACP is proud to partner with the ADL on this very important initiative," said Bart R. Johnson, Executive Director of IACP. "This will be a very helpful tool for the law enforcement officers on the front line of fighting all forms of hate and crimes in our communities."