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Partnering Against Hate

Partnering Against Hate

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The Halton Regional Police Service is committed to eliminating hate-motivated crime and hate propaganda in our community. The Halton Regional Police Service utilizes several areas of expertise including investigative, community outreach and intelligence gathering to ensure a proper response to all hate motivated incidents.

Hate-Motivated Crime:

A hate-motivated crime is a criminal offence committed against a person and or property which is motivated by hate/bias or prejudice based on race, national or ethnic origin, language, colour, religion, sex, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation or other similar factors.

Examples of Hate-Motivated Crimes:

  • Physical assault, verbal threats or damage to property motivated by hate
  • Seeing or receiving hate mail in the form of e-mails, flyers, letters and/or websites
  • Graffiti or vandalism motivated by hate, such as spray-painting racial slurs or symbols on a place of worship

The Law and Hate Propaganda:

There are specific laws in Canada that deal with hate propaganda. These laws refer to persons that advocate or promote genocide and or public incitement of hatred.

If you see hate propaganda, posters and or graffiti that promote hate, report it to the police.

Why Report Hate-Motivated Crime:

If you are the victim of a hate-motivated crime, it is important that you report it to the police. Reporting crime helps break the cycle of violence and has the potential to help others from being victimized.

It is necessary to report hate-motivated crime to the police so that the offence can be properly documented and investigated. Reporting such crime enables the Halton Regional Police Service to take proactive and preventative measures to combat hate.

When The Police Are Called:

When you call the police, you will need to provide:

  • Your name
  • Address
  • Telephone number
  • A brief description of the crime you are reporting

A Halton Regional Police Service officer will be dispatched to your location to obtain more information. An investigation will be conducted by the Halton Regional Police Service.

If you do not speak English: Tell the police what language you speak. The Service will contact a translation service to assist you with your call. Remember to stay calm. The police are here to help you.

For more information about hate-motivated crime, community assistance and or services, contact:

Sgt. Ryan Smith
905-825-4777 ext. 5130