If you are hurt or feel that you are in immediate danger, call 911 right away.

Concerned by the number of bias-related crimes that may go unreported because of victims’ fears about privacy and safety among victims, the Missoula Police Department and the City of Missoula have launched STOP BIAS — an extensive campaign against bias crimes and intolerant behavior to encourage people to safely report those crimes.

If you or someone you know has been harassed based on sexual orientation or perceived orientation, we want to know. For a safe, confidential way to report any form of harassment in the Missoula area to the Missoula Police Department, email StopBias

The Missoula Police Department is concerned about all violations of human rights. In addition to those who have experienced bias based on sexual orientation or perceived sexual orientation, we want to hear from those who have been harassed based on their race, creed, religion, color, national origin, or involvement in civil rights or human rights activities. If this applies to you, email StopBias

What is a bias crime?

Bias crimes are crimes committed against you or your property out of hatred for who you are or who people think you are. They can include crimes such as phone and e-mail harassment, property damage, threats of assault, being assaulted, rape, and murder.

Bias crimes are meant to not only hurt you as a victim, but to send a message of hate and fear to the larger community. It is important that you report them for your own safety but also for the good of the community. Police Departments, legislators and other city, state and national officials base many of their policies and responses to bias crimes based on statistics gathered. But statistics cannot be gathered if these crimes go unreported.

The Missoula Police Department does not tolerate crimes of any sort and encourages you to report all crimes to us immediately. In an emergency please call 911 or you may call us directly at 406-552-6300. Alternatively, for a safe, confidential way to report any form of harassment in the Missoula area to the Missoula Police Department, email StopBias

If you do not wish to fill out an official police report, but still would like to report an incident for statistical gathering purposes, that’s okay too. You may fill out our Missoula Hate Crimes and Bias Incident Report. This specially created form was developed in order to obtain and document information about incidents occurring in our community and is also open for third party and anonymous complaints.

The Missoula Police Department and the City of Missoula thank you for helping us in our efforts to stop bias and intolerant behavior in our community.