Hate and Bias Crime Investigation
Edmonton Police Service
Police services have a responsibility and obligation to facilitate the peaceful coexistence of society. Crimes and incidents that are perpetrated by suspects whose actions are solely based on their hate or bias against the victim’s race, color, origin, religion or any other distinguishing factor, do occur. It is necessary for law enforcement officers to be proactive and to respond appropriately when such incidents occur.
The Hate and Bias Crime Investigation course provides police officers with the necessary information to recognize these types of crimes and the people and groups who commit them, as well as how to gather the necessary evidence required to prosecute suspects, reporting requirements and the importance of developing community partnerships.
When you have completed this course, you will be able to:
- Recognize that Canada is a pluralistic and diverse community, discrimination exists and law enforcement has a responsibility to respond to it
- Differentiate between hate and bias crimes and incidents
- Recall reasons why hate and bias crimes/incidents occur
- Understand sections of the Criminal Code of Canada that deal with investigating hate propaganda
- Understand what is required to successfully investigate hate propaganda
- Recall how crimes of hate and bias can impact both the individual and the community
- Recognize factors that will prove a crime was motivated by hate allowing you to invoke Section 718.2
- Recall the responsibilities of police officers while attending, investigating, and writing reports of hate crimes and hate propaganda
- Recognize the importance of a partnership between the community and law enforcement
- Identify ideologies of hate/extremist groups
- Identify characteristics of organized hate/extremist groups
- Understand that the Internet is a powerful tool for hate mongers and hate groups
- Understand that the Internet is an excellent source of intelligence for law enforcement
Note: The Hate and Bias Crime Investigation course is a more in-depth review that explores the sections of the criminal code related to hate and bias crimes/incidents, whereas the Hate Crimes Awareness course is an introductory overview of this issue.