Civil Rights

STAND WITH PROVINCETOWN, STAND AGAINST HATE.

You are protected from discrimination as well as hate violence or threats of violence in Provincetown and in Massachusetts.

The Provincetown Police Department is proud of the community we serve and protect. We are committed to working in partnership with the community to ensure the safety of all of our residents and visitors. The LGBTQ Liaison and Civil Rights Officer, Officer Emmett Catanese, can be reached by e-mail. 

E-mail the Civil Rights Officer

HATE VIOLENCE OR THE THREAT OF HATE VIOLENCE IS ILLEGAL.

​ It can be verbal or written threats; physical assault or attempted assault; hate-related graffiti, including offensive symbols; intimidation or coercion; vandalism or property damage that is motivated by bias against a protected class such as race, color, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, ancestry, or disability.

A Hate Crime is a crime motivated by the offender’s bias towards a victim because the victim is a member of a protected group (i.e. race, color, national origin, religion, age, ancestry, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability). The Provincetown Police Department views hate crimes seriously and we will use every necessary resource to rapidly and decisively investigate, identify perpetrators, and take vigorous enforcement action. The Department works in conjunction with the Office of the Attorney General and the Cape and Islands District Attorney to prosecute Hate Crimes.

To get help (non-emergency only), contact:

​Provincetown Police Department Civil Rights Officer
​Officer Emmett Catanese
​(508) 487-1212 ex. 332
E-mail Officer Catanese

Office of the Attorney General Civil Rights Division
​(617) 963-2917
Make a Complaint