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Hate Motivated Crime

Hate Divides A Community - We're Better Than This!

The Thunder Bay Police Service supports this awareness campaign spearheaded by Thunder Bay District Crime Stoppers.

What is Hate Awareness?

Hate motivated crimes and incidents are activities that cause or threaten harm to the security, property, or dignity of an identifiable group or someone perceived to be a member of that group. Persons targeted by hate motivated crimes and incidents are deeply affected, sometimes for life. Targeting a person or group’s identity can strike fear into an entire community of people.

The Thunder Bay Hate Crimes Awareness Committee (TBHCAC) formed in 2013 as a grassroots response from citizens concerned about hate motivated crimes and incidents in our city. The TBHCAC is working to:

  • raise awareness of hate motivated crimes and incidents,
  • encourage reporting of hate motivated crimes and incidents to the Police and Crime Stoppers,
  • prevent hate motivated crimes and incidents by working together to make discriminatory attitudes and actions unacceptable.

Raising Awareness

Hate motivated crimes and incidents are underreported in Canada. It is estimated that only 1 in 10 are brought to the attention of police. In part this is because no uniform definition or tracking mechanisms exists among police forces. There is also a lack of clarity about what constitutes a hate motivated crime. These factors make it difficult to understand the scope and extent of the problem and what the community, including police, can do to help.

The Thunder Bay Police Service recognizes the need for a more unified approach to strengthen the community trust.  The Service has adopted definitions of hate motivated crimes and incidents recommended by the Hate Crimes Working Group of Ontario:

Hate Motivated Crime - Definition

A criminal offence committed against a person or property, that is perceived to be motivated and/or is motivated, in whole or in part by the suspect’s hate, bias or prejudice based on real or perceived race, national or ethnic origin, language, colour, religion, sex, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation or any other similar factor.

The Thunder Bay Police are enhancing officers’ investigating and reporting capacity to identify hate crimes and incidents and will continue work on behalf of those impacted by bringing evidence to the Crown for consideration during sentencing.

Encourage Reporting

Another reason individuals and groups targeted by hate motivated crimes and incidents do not report to police is out of feelings of humiliation, fear, and/or a desire to deal with the issue internally. Raising awareness of hate motivated crimes and incidents means building our capacity to address this issue together.

We encourage those impacted to report these to the police.

  • Together, we will develop a more complete understanding.
  • Together, we will be able better advocate for more resources.
  • Together, we can make hateful attitudes and actions unacceptable.

The Thunder Bay Police Service has an officer designated to monitor hate motivated crimes and incidents. We encourage impacted individuals and groups to call Constable Simon at 684-1200.

If you’ve been impacted by a hate motivated crime or incident Thunder Bay and Area Victim Services will connect you to the supports available to you in our community: 807-684-1051

Silence = Acceptance

It takes more than police to tackle this issue, especially when those harmed feel vulnerable, isolated and alone. If you witnessed an incident or have information, call Crime Stoppers. You do not have to reveal your identity: 1-800-222- 8477 or tipsubmit.com

Crime Stoppers is always anonymous and Tipsters will never have to testify in court! And you may receive a cash reward of up to $2,000 for information that leads to arrest.

 

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Using the Thunder Bay Police Service Police Online Citizen Reporting System you can report the following incidents:

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