The Edmonton Police Service Hate Crimes and Violent Extremism Unit investigates hate crimes and incidents, and works in partnership with the community to build trust, prevent hate crimes and incidents from occurring and foster an atmosphere of mutual respect in our City.
Hate impacts everyone
When a crime or incident motivated by hate occurs, it hurts not only the victim but the whole community. It makes people feel unsafe and creates distrust between citizens.
What is a hate-motivated crime?
A Hate Motivated Crime is a criminal offence committed against a person or property that is motivated in whole or in part by the suspect’s hate, bias or prejudice towards an identifiable group based on real or perceived colour, race, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, sex, sexual identity, 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.
What is a hate incident?
A hate incident is a non-criminal action committed against a person or property, the motive for which is based in whole or in part upon the same characteristics mentioned above.
Examples of hate incidents are:
- Intimidation or discrimination against identifiable groups or individuals
- Distribution of prejudicial material
- Racial comments or slurs
EPS Hate Crimes investigators want to know about hate crimes AND non-criminal hate incidents. Report them!
- For emergencies, call 911
- For non-emergencies, call 780-423-4567
- To report anonymously call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477
Why it’s important to report to police:
- Police need to gather all evidence.
- Police will determine if a criminal offence occurred.
- Helps with the collection of intelligence and activities of individuals and groups of concern.
- Police can support and collaborate with the communities impacted.
What to do when encountering hate
- Keep yourself safe.
- Call police.
- Be careful about intervening or challenging a subject. This may provoke them and escalate the situation.
- Be a good witness:
Provide support for the victim until police arrive.
- Note descriptions of people, clothing, and vehicles involved (including license plates.)
- Video evidence is valuable, but only if you can capture it safely.
- Be specific about what was said.
If you have been affected by a hate crime or incident, you can contact the EPS Crime and Trauma-Informed Support Services by email or call 780-421-2217.