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