Hate Crime (7334_16)

Request

The number of racially aggravated crimes reported to and recorded by your force in relation to incidents which took place on Friday 17 June 2016, Saturday 18 June 2016 and Sunday 19 June 2016.

The number of racially aggravated crimes reported to and recorded by your force in relation to incidents which took place on Friday 24 June 2016, Saturday 25 June 2016 and Sunday 26 June 2016.

For each crime please give the alleged offence – eg. criminal damage etc – and a summary of the details of the incident.

Response

The number of racially aggravated crimes reported to and recorded by your force in relation to incidents which took place on Friday 17 June 2016, Saturday 18 June 2016 and Sunday 19 June 2016.

The number of recorded hate offences with a strand ‘Race’ = 24

The number of racially aggravated crimes reported to and recorded by your force in relation to incidents which took place on Friday 24 June 2016, Saturday 25 June 2016 and Sunday 26 June 2016.

The number of recorded hate offences with a strand ‘Race’ = 29

For each crime please give the alleged offence – eg. criminal damage etc – and a summary of the details of the incident.

See attached table

To reveal further detail regarding these incidents could potentially identify an individual and is therefore exempt by section 40 (2) of the Freedom of Information Act.

Section 40 of The Freedom of Information Act is shown here:

http://www.west-midlands.police.uk/foi/publication-scheme/lists-registers/disclosure-log/exemptions.asp

West Midlands Police is determined to support people who suffer as a result of hate incidents and actively encourage people to report them. We will not tolerate crimes of hate and prioritise local engagement with those communities who feel vulnerable. We did not see a significant rise in hate crime in the days immediately following the referendum result but the situation is being carefully monitored. We have had some incidents and events that are being treated seriously and investigated

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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