Hate crime, policing, and the deployment of racial and cultural diversity

Authors

  • Timothy Bryan Dalhousie University

Keywords:

Hate crime, policing, race and diversity, Delitos de odio, labor policial, raza y diversidad

Abstract

This paper examines how diversity is mobilized and deployed as a form of hate crime response in the York Regional Police Service, and how commitments to racial and cultural diversity embedded in the framework of hate crime policy are interpreted by police officers engaged in the frontline policing of hate crimes. Hate crime policies and specialized training programs in Ontario were developed around two central foci: 1) traditional policing concerns involving proper investigative techniques, evidence collection, documentation, and officer roles and responsibilities; and 2) emerging concerns regarding victim care, community relations, and commitments to racial and cultural diversity. Drawing on interviews with officers stationed at all five of the Service’s divisional locations, this paper shows how commitments to diversity embedded in the Service’s approach to hate crime exist along-side, and in conflict with, officer perceptions that see diversity as a source of the problem of hate.

Este artículo examina la forma en que se moviliza y despliega la diversidad como una forma de respuesta a los delitos de odio en el servicio de policía regional de York (Canadá), y la forma en que el compromiso con la diversidad racial y cultural, que forma parte del marco de la política sobre delitos de odio, es interpretado por los miembros de la policía que están en primera línea de la lucha contra los delitos de odio. Las políticas y entrenamientos especializados sobre delitos de odio en Ontario se desarrollaron alrededor de dos focos principales: 1) la preocupación tradicional de la policía por las técnicas apropiadas de investigación, la recolección de pruebas y documentación y los roles y responsabilidades de los y las policías; y 2) nuevas preocupaciones acerca del cuidado de las víctimas, las relaciones sociales, y el compromiso con la diversidad racial y cultural. Partiendo de entrevistas con miembros de la policía destinados en las cinco divisiones del Servicio, el artículo muestra cómo el compromiso con la diversidad inserto en el abordaje policial al delito de odio existe en paralelo y en conflicto con las percepciones de los y las policías de la diversidad como fuente del problema del odio.

Available from: https://doi.org/10.35295/osls.iisl/0000-0000-0000-1129

Author Biography

Timothy Bryan, Dalhousie University

Tim Bryan is a sociologist and socio-legal scholar whose primary research interests involve the policing of hate crime, race and racism, Canadian multiculturalism and criminal justice in Canada. Dr. Bryan’s current research examines the policing of hate crime by municipal police services, particularly the way commitments to racial and cultural diversity, and efforts to improve police-community relations inform the intervention strategies of police. Dr. Bryan has conducted policy research for the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police on law enforcement efforts to combat hate crime in Ontario, and has presented his findings to municipal police services in Ontario.

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How to Cite

Bryan, T. (2020) “Hate crime, policing, and the deployment of racial and cultural diversity”, Oñati Socio-Legal Series, 10(6), pp. 1193–1213. Available at: https://opo.iisj.net/index.php/osls/article/view/1181 (Accessed: 28 June 2022).