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Hate crime where police are victim (128A/24)


‘Hate crime, England and Wales, 2022/23’* reveals that in 2022/23 West Midlands Police recorded the following figures for two types of hate crime:


race – 8897 (row 2437)

sexual orientation – 1521 (row 2439)


Please provide the number of (i) race and (ii) sexual orientation hate crimes where police officers were the victims.


* Click on the table named ‘Hate crime open data tables, year ending March 2012 onwards, second edition.’


We clarified with you on 19/1/2024 and you replied the same day 


As a result of your clarification your amended request reads:


Q1: For the financial year 2022 / 2023 – Please provide the number of (i) race and (ii) sexual orientation hate crimes where police officers were the victims?’ – West Midlands Police Officers only please.


Q2: please also provide your total figures for (i) race and ii) sexual orientation hate crimes for financial year 2022/23.


Please find enclosed our response.


The only way that we can retrieve any data is by using a search for Police Employed Victim, but unfortunately, we will not be able to differentiate between officers that are employed by WMP and those are here on mutual aid etc. This could also involve both staff and police officers.

Please also note that an individual can be simultaneously a victim of racial hate crime and sexual orientation hate crime, so they will be some instances of where a person is counted in both.


Financial Year Racial Hate Crime – Police Victim All Racial Hate Crime Sexual Orientation Hate Crime – Police Victim All Sexual Orientation Hate Crime
FY22/23 480 7457 155 1417


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 considered 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 considered 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.

As recommended as good practice by the Information Commissioner’s Office a version of this response may be published on the West Midlands Police website.



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