Violence against police should not be classified as a hate crime. This does not solve the root of the issue. The root of the violence and hate for police officers originate from perceived/real injustices regarding court decisions surrounding police brutality. Categorizing violence against police officers as a hate crime would only serve to exacerbate relations. People with negative view of police would feel that this lends even more sympathy and protection for police officers, and they would feel their cries for change are even further ignored and relegated. Police departments can proactively protect themselves from such violence against them by improving their relations with the communities they serve. Community service. Fund-raisers for the most crime-ridden communities. Communicating with local TV stations to report positive stories regarding police officers, instead of only reporting negative stories. Police departments would also benefit greatly from publicly condemning police brutality, instead of adopting a defensive attitude.