Hate Crime (347_18 )

Request

Under Freedom of Information Act, can you tell me how many hate crimes were recorded by West Midlands police force, originating from a 999 call for each calendar month of 2017, coming from Wolverhampton, Dudley, Sandwell and Walsall areas.

 Out of those, for each month can you tell me how many were graded 1 for immediate response under the new system introduced in November 2016?

 Finally, out of those, for each month, how many arrests and subsequent charges were made in relation to each graded an immediate response call-out?

Response

Please find attached a spreadsheet that contains breakdown tables in relation to your request.

  • Tab 1 – All recorded hate crimes where initial incident report was received via a 999 call
  • Tab 2 – P1 graded 999 calls (out of the figures provided above)
  • Tab 3 – All outcomes for P1 graded 999 calls
  • Tab 4 – All outcomes for P1 graded 999 calls where the arrest made special interest marker is attached to the record.

To fully satisfy your request, we have included an additional breakdown table (tab 3) that removed the arrest made special interest marker from the P1 graded 999 calls so that you can see all of the outcomes for records that were graded as requiring an immediate response. This is because the arrests made marker is not always used comprehensively and we wanted to ensure that you are provided with the full picture regarding any interpretation of the figures.

In general, 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.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.

 

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