FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 24, 2020
PRESS RELEASE: JFO AND CIJA Applaud Enhancement to Ottawa Police Services Hate Crime Section
Ottawa, ON – Last night, Ottawa Police Services (OPS) announced they are reinstating a section specifically focused on Hate Crimes, making it easier for residents to report hate-motivated incidents.
The OPS will be adding two new Hate Crime investigators to the Security Intelligence Section to help identify trends and community safety concerns.
In response, Andrea Freedman, President and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Ottawa (JFO), made the following statement:
“We are very pleased that the Ottawa Police Service is reinstating a specialized Hate Crimes section. Specially designated units and sections ensure that hate-motivated crimes are investigated by officers equipped with the knowledge, experience, and resources necessary to address such incidents.”
Martin Sampson, Vice President, Communications of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) added:
“Bolstering of hate crime units has long been an advocacy priority for both CIJA and JFO, and we commend the Ottawa Police Service for taking this important step. We will continue to encourage other jurisdictions to follow Ottawa’s lead, and establish hate crime sections in their cities and municipalities”
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) is the advocacy agent of the Jewish Federations of Canada, including the Jewish Federation of Ottawa.
- In 2017, the OPS introduced a new method for reporting any hate-motivated incident online at http://ottawapolice.ca/onlinereporting
- In the past, only the business or property owner could report hate-motivated incidents like racist graffiti. In June, the OPS made changes to its reporting system so that anyone can submit a report and they will investigate
- In 2019, Ottawa received 110 reports of Hate Crime, up from 104 in 2018 and 95 in 2017
- OPS Press Release: Ottawa Police Service Reintroduces its Hate Crime Section