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Hate & Bias Crime

The Edmonton Police Service Hate Crimes and Violent Extremism Unit advocates for human rights, safety, security and inclusiveness for all identifiable communities in Edmonton. The Hate Crimes and Violent Extremism Unit is committed to sustainable partnerships with our communities to build trust, prevent hate crimes and incidents from occurring and foster an atmosphere of mutual respect in our City.

What is a Hate Crime?

A Hate Motivated Crime is a criminal offence committed against a person or property which is motivated in whole or in part by the suspects hate, bias or prejudice towards an identifiable group based on real or perceived race, national or ethnic origin, language, color, religion, sex, age mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression, or any other similar factor

Examples of hate crimes include:

  • Violence, threats of violence,
  • Acts of mischief or vandalism
  • Distribution of hate literature, hate mail,
  • Threatening phone calls, and/or
  • Destruction of religious property or symbols.

If one of these criminal acts occurs, and the investigating officer feels it is motivated by hatred, the file could be classified as a hate crime.

What are hate incidents?

It is important to note that not all incidents of hate are criminal in nature. However,  the impact on the individual or community is similar. For a variety of reasons, it is important to report these occurrences to police.

Some examples are:

  • Intimidation against identifiable groups or individuals,
  • Distribution of prejudicial material, and/or
  • Use of racial slurs against individuals.