Racial Hate (8625_16)

Request

How many incidents (that were recorded as racially motivated) were reported to you between the dates of: Friday 24 June 2016 and Saturday 23 July 2016.

Response

Period 24 June 2016 to 23 July 2016 Inclusive:

Recorded Hate Crime (Racial) = 409

Hate Incidents (Racial) – Non-Crime = 89

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.

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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