The number of hate motivated crimes reported to Sudbury police is climbing. So what does that tell us?

The number of hate motivated crimes reported to Sudbury police is climbing. So what does that tell us?

Other hate crimes reported targeted Indigenous, Black and South Asian people

The number of reported hate crimes in Canada is on the rise. That's according to new information released by Statistics Canada. According to the Greater Sudbury Police, in both 2019 and 2020, four hate motivated crimes were reported by the public. However, that number climbed to 10 last year. What's more is that of the 10 hate motivated crimes, four were committed against the city's Jewish community. While the numbers are troubling it does indicate that people are more willing to come forward to police, according to Sgt. Steven Train, a hate crime investigator with the RCMP. "The trend is that we're recognizing the impact and the public is reporting it. We encourage the public to report it," he said. Additionally, out of the 10 reported hate crimes last year, one was directed at the Indigenous community and one was categorized under sexual orientation. Two of the incidents targeted the Black community, and one was directed toward the South Asian community. The remaining incident was categorized as unknown. While the numbers are low, Train acknowledges that could be due to people's mistrust of police. To address the issue, he said the police service has various community-based initiatives such as the Diversity Advisory Committee. He added that Sudbury police are in the process of producing a hate-motivated and biased incident information video to bring awareness to the issue. Sudbury police said 2021's clearance rates aren't available yet as they're generated from Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) which is the standard form of reporting across Canada and isn't submitted until May because many investigations are still ongoing. This reporting is what's used by Statistics Canada to compile their Crime Severity Index.

 

Original Article Link:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/sudbury/sudbury-hate-crimes-climbing-1.6396617

 


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