News: An interview of  Rosie Rivera about Asian hate

If you are a victim of a crime or hate incident, please report it. Law enforcement will investigate all reports made by members of the community. Law enforcement needs victims to file reports so that together we can make the community safer for everyone.

                                                 Rosie Rivera



According to the latest census, Utah has 76,500 Asians. Utah reported 836 incidents of violence against Asian Pacific Islanders last year, but none was defined as a hate crime. But zero does not mean that Utah has no Asian hate crimes. Earlier, at a press conference in Salt Lake County, several elected Utah Democratic officials said that Utah also has hatred of Asians.

Recently, it was reported that Utah Asian families and businesses received threatening letters, which aroused the concern of the Asian community.

In response to the concerns of everyone, for the safety of the Asian community in Utah, the Utah Chinese Association interviewed the Sheriff of Salt Lake County, and the Sheriff of Salt Lake County answered the questions of everyone’s concern.

First, she believes that the community and the police department should trust each other. The police department will investigate every reported case. Asians should report hate crimes in a timely manner. There are several ways to report: the first one is to file a case on the police website of every city under the jurisdiction of Salt Lake County. The second is to make a phone call, call 911 in emergency situations and 801-743-3000 in non-emergency situations. If you need a Chinese translation, you can request a Chinese or other language translation on the phone. The third is that you can go directly to each police station to report the case, and you can request a Chinese or other language translation.

In order to prevent problems before they happen, no hate crime is tolerated. Once a hate crime situation is encountered, the police department encourages the person involved to report the crime immediately.

Salt Lake County is paying attention to such cases. If you mention a hate crime when you report it, the police department will pay special attention.

Although the Sheriff of Salt Lake County said that he would actively pay attention to hate crime cases, the Utah Chinese Association would like to remind everyone to be vigilant. Minimize going out. If you must go out, try to travel with friends and be vigilant about your surroundings. In the event of an emergency, the first thing is to save your life.

Although Utah is a relatively friendly state to Chinese and Asians, proper awareness of prevention is still necessary.

Here is some information about the communities served by Unified Police Department under the leadership of Sheriff Rivera.

The Unified Police Department of Greater Salt Lake (UPD) serves the communities of Copperton, Holladay, Kearns, Midvale, Magna, Millcreek, Taylorsville, White City, Brighton, Immigration Canyon, and unincorporated Salt Lake County.

Rosie Rivera—Sheriff, Salt Lake County (UT); CEO, Unified Police Department of Greater Salt Lake

Unified Police Department of Greater Salt Lake.

Rosie Rivera—Sheriff, Salt Lake County (UT); CEO, Unified Police Department of Greater Salt Lake

 After beginning her career in law enforcement in 1993, Rosie Rivera was sworn in as Sheriff of Salt Lake County on August 15, 2017, becoming the first female sheriff elected in the State of Utah. During her decades long career, Rivera ascended from officer to detective, sergeant, lieutenant, deputy chief and ultimately sheriff. She has served in many capacities during her tenure, including patrol, community policing, gang detective, investigations, narcotics, administration, and as department spokeswoman. In her current role, Rivera oversees the largest jail and largest court security bureau in Utah and serves as CEO of the

Unified Police Department of Greater Salt Lake.

Sheriff Rivera believes in transparency in law enforcement and justice for all. She is passionate about finding alternatives to incarceration by supporting programs such as drug addiction treatment, mental health treatment, and additional housing for the homeless. As sheriff she has put these passions into action by building a more diverse team, bringing Medically Assisted Treatment into the jail, supporting and implementing pretrial release programs, and creating a transparent and fiscally responsible approach to the budget process. She has advocated for victims and survivors of domestic violence throughout her career and remains actively involved in mentoring gang-involved youth.

Rivera has served on the boards of numerous organizations and currently serves on the Salt Lake County Opioid Task Force, Salt Lake County Advisory Board for the Family Justice Center, Salt Lake Area Gang Project Governing Board, and the Metro Narcotics Task Force Advisory Board. She also serves as Chair of the Criminal Justice Advisory Committee for Salt Lake County and of the Nominations Committee for Major County Sheriffs of America. Most recently, Rivera was asked to participate in the Commission on Protecting Privacy and Preventing Discrimination with the Office of the State Auditor and she was selected to serve as member of the Council on Criminal Justice Task Force on Policing.

Rivera has received many awards throughout her career. As sheriff, she has been honored with the 2018 Tonahuac Award, 2018 Ignacio Zaragoz Award, 2018 Sundance Women in Leadership Award, 2019 American Society of Public Administration Distinguished Service Award, 2019 YWCA Outstanding Achievement Award for Public Service and the 2020 Rosa Parks Award.

Rivera is the mother of three adult children and grandmother to six grandchildren.

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