Lethbridge-The new website for Alberta Hate Crimes Committee was launched Monday to help mark Hate Crime Awareness Day.
“The whole point of this website,” says Community Resource Sergeant Dan Walton “is to bring hate crime awareness to our communities.”
The website, albertahatecrimes.ca, is where people can learn about different types of hate crimes, how to report them and what to do if they see a hate crime take place.
“They can learn everything,” says Walton “it’s really a tool to bring information to the public.
To also mark Hate Crime Awareness Day, a barbecue was held in Galt Gardens for people to come and learn more about how to prevent hate crimes.
“It’s sad that we have to have days like this, “ says Mayor Rajko Dodic, “we would think with the way that society is moving we wouldn’t have to hold days and rallies like this, but we still need to educate people about what are in fact hate crimes.”
This year in Lethbridge two hate crimes have been reported to Lethbridge Regional Police.
Lethbridge Regional Police says that they are committed to eradicating crimes caused by bias.
“There is a freedom (here in Canada) that you can live your life without fear, and as a police service we are here to do that,” says Police Chief Tom McKenzie. And our vision to do that is by partnerships and make sure that people are safe in our communities.”
To check out more on the Alberta Hate Crime website go to www.albertahatecrimes.ca.
Photo by Ted Andrew-Country 95 news
Police Chief Tom McKenzie talks with the crowd at Hate Crime Awareness day at Galt Gardens.