Commitment to a Safe Community

The City of Holland’s vision is to create a community that continues to be safe for all citizens and visitors.  This commitment anchors the community at large, supports the local economy, and contributes to the vitality of our City.

The City of Holland will not tolerate any form of hate crime or bias incident that causes fear, intimidation, or additional pain/suffering to not only the victim, but also the victim’s group.   Individual(s) involved in actions which go beyond “hate” and include the desire to deter or deny the free exercise or enjoyment of rights or privileges secured by the Constitution, or laws of the United States or the State of Michigan will be prosecuted to the fullest extent possible under the State of Michigan’s Ethnic Intimidation Act (MCL 750.147b).    This law makes it a felony to harm, or threaten to harm, a person, or the property of a person, “with specific intent to intimidate or harass” that person.       

Ethnic intimidation is a crime punishable by up to two years in prison and/or up to $5000.00 in fines.    The City of Holland and the Holland Department of Public Safety is committed to swift action in accordance with state and federal laws regarding such incidents.

See attached Press Release- Commitment to a Safe Community