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City and RCMP join forces to erase hate

By Hannah Scott, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

Published 10:51 PDT, Thu August 6, 2020

The city and Richmond RCMP are partnering for an anti-hate campaign, with posters to be distributed this week.

Originally a result of recent racially-motivated incidents, the poster also addresses other forms of hate. People are urged to reach out to police if they experience or witness any hateful behaviour.

“We are sensitive to the fact that our community is woven from many cultures and ethnicities, as is the makeup of our officers that proudly serve Richmond,” says Supt. Will Ng, officer in charge of the Richmond detachment. “Be assured that we will always investigate and treat all hate-motivated crimes seriously and continue to do our utmost in protecting our community.”
The RCMP released a statement saying it condemns all forms of racism and will investigate every report of hate that is brought forward. These sentiments were echoed by Mayor Malcolm Brodie.

“The public can be certain the City of Richmond does not, and never will, tolerate hateful behaviour,” says Brodie. “Such attitudes and actions do not reflect the community’s celebration of our rich history of culture and diversity. Council supports the RCMP’s focus on building public awareness to call for help if they experience any hateful behaviour.”

The new posters will be placed in public buildings around the city. Richmond RCMP will also disseminate the posters through Richmond RCMP Business Link and Block Watch, as well as have officers from the Community Policing Unit distribute them to the community. 

To report a hate motivated incident contact Richmond RCMP at 9-1-1 for emergencies or 604-278-1212 for non-emergencies.

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