For each of the financial years 2014/2015, 2015/2016, 2016/2017, 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 can you please provide the following information:
- The number of non-crime hate incidents (also known as hate incidents), as defined by the College of Policing, recorded by the Force.
- The category recorded for each incident eg transphobia, racism, misogyny.
- For each incident, whether any police visits were made. Please say in each case whether the visits were to the complainant, the subject of the complaint, or any witnesses.
- For each year, the number of disclosures by the Force, to any other person or organisation, of the identity of the subject of a recorded hate incident complaint. Please say on what grounds the disclosures were made eg DBS check. Please exclude disclosures required as part of court or tribunal proceedings. NB by “subject” I mean the alleged perpetrator of the incident.
- For each year, the total approximate cost to the Force of responding to, recording and processing non-crime hate incidents. Please include in the total any costs of promoting to the public non-crime hate incident policies. Please also include the legal costs associated with advising on and defending the collection and handling of non-crime hate incident information.
Our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide this information within the appropriate (cost) limit within the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act (see ‘Reason for Decision’ below).
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). 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.
REASON FOR DECISION
Please note that researching each individual case would exceed the appropriate limit (FOIA, s.12). We are unable to answer questions 3, 4 and 5 within the FOI time limit, question 3 would require a manual review of each log to determine if a visit was made and to whom. The information being requested in questions 4 and 5 is not centrally recorded and would therefore exceed the FOI time limit in order to locate and retrieve this information.