December 20, 2019
A new unit known as the Racially and Ethnically Motivated Extremism–or R.E.M.E–unit has been created by the New York Police Department, officials announced this month.
Its mission will be to stop groups associated with acts of local far-right extremism, domestic terrorism and organized hate. R.E.M.E will operate within the department’s intelligence division.
“The unit is focused on identifying any trends and any signs of racial and ethnic extremism so [they] can be acted on before any terror or any bias crime occurs,” said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio at a press conference Wednesday. “It will directly take on the hate groups that are trying to spread in this country and that pose a threat to so many communities.”
The unit began operations several months ago and will have about 25 people working in it, including detectives and analysts from several sectors who will use an array of tools, including online monitoring of extremist networks.