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Historical Sexual Offences (2569_15)


Further to your recent response to me (your ref: 001485/15), I would now like to submit a second FOI request enquiring as to which of the offences you listed were historical.


By historical I am referring to the definition used by Kent Police i.e. any offence recorded in a particular year but not necessarily committed in that year.


If the way you record historical offences is different, could you please tell me which of the offences you previously disclosed were historical, alongside your methodology for deciding which offences are classified as historical.


West Midlands Police does not have a definition similar to Kent Police. Police forces in the United Kingdom are routinely required to provide crime statistics to government bodies and the recording criteria is set nationally. However, the systems used for recording these figures are not generic, nor are the procedures used locally in capturing the crime data. It should be noted that for these reasons this force’s response to your questions should not be used for comparison purposes with any other response you may receive.


WMP has a special interest marker of Historic (HIST) which can be applied to a crime record, the definition for this in relation to PPU related offences is:


Where a sexual, physical or emotional crime has been reported and a delay in reporting has negated the use of immediate investigative opportunities such as forensic/CCTV or other corroborative evidence


This could relate to a case which is only a few days old and the marker was only introduced in August 2012. The following data provides the number of recorded crime where there is a ‘HIST’ special interest marker (1 offence in 2011 is showing the marker which was probably added retrospectively).


Rape of Male
Year No Number with ‘HIST’ special interest marker
2010 60 0
2011 70 0
2012 89 13
2013 106 35
2014 124 50
Sexual Assault on Male
Datum Value Number with ‘HIST’ special interest marker
2010 108 0
2011 105 1
2012 118 6
2013 127 27
2014 157 55


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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