Prominent researcher to study policing of hate crime in Oakville, Burlington, Milton

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Published November 7, 2022 at 2:58 pm

Halton Regional Police has engaged prominent third-party consultant, Dr. Barbara Perry. Dr. Perry is the Director of the Centre on Hate, Bias and Extremism. ONTARIO TECH UNIVERSITY PHOTO

Halton Regional Police have enlisted a prominent third-part consultant to help them in their efforts to deal with hate and/or bias motivated incidents in Burlington, Oakville, Milton and Halton Hills.

Recognized internationally for her groundbreaking work in this field, Dr. Barbara Perry, the Director of the Centre on Hate, Bias and Extremism, has been brought on to ensure local police is fulfilling its mandate in this key area of policing.

The local service says it is committed to the safety and well-being of those who call Halton home. This includes rigorously and thoroughly investigating all reports of hate and/or bias motivated incidents and supporting those affected by it.

Among the things Dr. Perry’s will look into this key area of policing is an analysis of HRPS’ policy mandates. Her study will also include interviews with Service personnel, and community members who are most likely to be subjected to or impacted by hate.

Dr. Perry is also inviting Halton residents to participate in a short, confidential survey she is doing.

In an effort to help understand broader community perceptions regarding the police management of hate crime, Dr. Perry is extending an invitation to members of the community, including those who have had interactions with Halton police in the context of hate and/or bias motivated incidents, to participate.

The survey can be completed from now until December 2, 2022, by visiting here.

Those with questions or comments regarding the study are encouraged to reach out to Dr. Perry directly via email at [email protected]

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