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Regina police chief disputes racial profiling claims by group

Voices for Justice and Police Accountability says the Regina Police Service disproportionately racially profiles people who are First Nations or perceived to have a lower income status.

Regina police chief disputes racial profiling claims by group

Hagen acknowledges perception problem but says claims are unfounded (CBC)

Regina Police Chief Troy Hagen is disputing claims made by a group calling for police accountability. 

Voices for Justice and Police Accountability says the Regina Police Service disproportionately racially profiles people who are First Nations or perceived to have a lower income status. 

It also says when people register complaints with the Public Complaints Commission, they are frustrated by the process. 

Chief Hagen wrote an open letter earlier this spring, in which he said there was no truth to the claims of racial profiling by officers. 

On Tuesday, he re-iterated the point to CBC News — that stops or interviews by police are based on evidence. 

"We have rules around when we can approach people; the grounds that are required to make inquiries," said Hagen,

He also addressed the perception problem police can hold in some communities in the city. 

"People view their experiences through their own eyes. There's no question we do high visibility patrols [in neighbourhoods] that are disproportionally being victimized by crime, " said Hagen. 

He added, "those activities actually occur all throughout the entire city," and not on a particular neighbourhood. 

Chief Hagen did not attend a public forum that encourage people to share their opinions about police this weekend. 

The open letter earlier this year was written in response to not being able to meet privately with the people who had lodged complaints. 

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