I am submitting a Freedom of Information request relating to disclosure of details on hate crimes recorded by West Midlands police force during the period April 2016 to March 2017, inclusive, as follows:
Q1. The total number of race hate crimes recorded by police for the census period stated.
Q2. In relation to Q1 – please provide a breakdown by calendar month.
Q3. Further to Question 1, of the total number of race hate crimes recorded, please provide a breakdown by ethnicity of the victims, including those where ethnic identity was not specified or not recorded. Please also include in the response a breakdown by sex of the victim; male / female.
Q4. The total number of religious hate crimes recorded by police for the census period stated.
Q5. In relation to Q4 – please provide a breakdown by calendar month.
Q6. Further to Question 4, of the total number of religious hate crimes recorded, please provide details of the number of religious hate crimes where the victim’s religious identity was recorded as Muslim or perceived Muslim, and those where religious identity was not specified or not recorded. Please also include in the response a breakdown by ethnicity of the victim and the breakdown by sex of the victim; male / female.
Q7. Please confirm if your police force has implemented the 2015 Home Office directive to record anti-Muslim offences as a separate category of hate crime.
Please find attached (12438_attachment_01.pdf).
Please note that these data should be interpreted with caution. Comparing numbers of incidents/crimes can be misleading and does not necessarily indicate the likelihood of someone being a victim of crime. In addition, the number of incidents/crimes recorded in an area over a period of time can be influenced by a number of factors. Consequently statistics on incidents/crimes for one period may not necessarily be a good indicator of future incidents in that area.
Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.
The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.
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