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Reporting Hate Crimes

 

Reporting Hate Crime


Importance of Reporting

Currently, it is estimated that only about 10% of hate bias crime victims report their victimization. A provincial response to hate bias crime will send a clear message to targeted communities and to offenders that these types of acts are not acceptable in Alberta. Collaborations between police services, the Crown the legal system and communities will result in increased trust and reporting of incidents.


 

To report a Hate Crime in progress, call 911 or your local police service; otherwise call the non-complaint line of your local police service.

 

 

How to Report

If you have been victimized in a hate crime or hate incident, here are some suggestions for things you should immediately do:

 

          In an EMERGENCY, dial 911.

          Get medical attention for any injuries.

          Call the police as soon after the incident as possible. You may be eligible for financial compensation for damages.

          Get the responding officer's name and badge number.

          Write down all details of the crime as quickly as possible after the reporting.

          If you saw the perpetrator(s), try to remember sex, age, height, ‘race’, weight, build, clothes and other distinguishing characteristics. If anything was said, such as anti-gay epithets or threats, write them down.

          Carefully preserve any evidence, such as notes, clothing, graffiti, tape recordings, fingerprints, etc. Take photographs of any injuries and of the location where the incident occurred.

          If you want the crime to be reported as a hate/bias crime, tell the officer to note that on the report.

          Make sure the officer files an incident report form and assigns a case number.

          If the police do not assist you properly, file a complaint with the Police Commission or your local complaint procedure.

          If a police report is not taken at the time of your report, get a copy of your witness statement and the case file #

          Contact any agencies or community leaders that advocate for the victim’s group (or perceived group) or to which the victim belongs.

           Contact your victim services unit.


Even if you don’t feel comfortable reporting to the police, report what happened to the Alberta Crime Committee. No incident is unimportant, insignificant or too small!


 

Risk Management – See

http://www.albertahatecrimes.ca/09/images/file/Documents/Resources/Hate%20Crime-%20What% 20to%20Know%20(2009).pdf