Please could you provide a breakdown of Muslim vs non-Muslim victims of Islamophobic hate crime for 2016/17.
If the non-Muslim victims could be broken down by religion, that would be helpful
Our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide this information. We have a hate crime marker for ‘Religious- perceived Islam’ on our Crimes system but this does not provide whether the victim was Muslim or non Muslim. There are 72 recorded crime for this period and to provide the requested information would involve researching each individual case and even then the victims religion may not be recorded, Please note that researching every case would exceed the appropriate limit (FOIA, s.12 (1)).
Therefore, the cost of compliance with your request is above the amount to which we are legally required to respond, i.e. the cost of locating and retrieving the information would exceed the appropriate costs limit under section 12 of the Freedom of information Act 2000. For West Midlands Police, the appropriate limit is set at £450, as prescribed by the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004, S.I. 3244.
A public authority which, in relation to any request for information, is relying on a claim that section 12 or section 14 applies must, within the time for complying with Section 1(1), give the applicant a notice stating that fact. In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, this letter acts as a refusal notice.
Although excess cost removes the force’s obligations under the Freedom of Information Act, as a gesture of goodwill I have supplied information, relative to your request, retrieved before it was realised that the fees limit would be exceeded see attached table which details the victims religion as it is recorded where the offence type is ‘HA’ and the Hate Strand is Religious – perceived Islam
I trust this is helpful, but it does not affect our legal right to rely on the fees regulations for the remainder of the request.