Hate crme - 1136/16
Dated: 10 Nov 2016
Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')
Thank you for your e mail dated 14 October 2016 in which you made a request for access to certain information which may be held by Northumbria Police.
As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.
Please could you provide figures for the total number of hate crimes recorded, for each of the following categories of crimes:
(a) Racist and Religious Hate Crime
(b) Racist Hate Crime
(c) Faith Hate Crime
(d) Anti-semitic Hate Crime
(e) Islamophobic Hate Crime
Please provide this data for each of the following periods:
1. March 16th, 2016 - June 23rd, 2016 (inclusive)
2. June 24th, 2016 - October 1st, 2016 (inclusive)
3. March 16th, 2015 - June 23rd, 2015 (inclusive)
4. March 16th, 2014 - June 23rd, 2014 (inclusive)
I am therefore looking for a total of 20 figures -- i.e. the total figure for each of the 5 types of crime listed, for each of the 4 time periods.
We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.
Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Corporate Development Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.
I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.
The information provided has been collated using the hate flags 'Racial' and 'Faith' allocated to the crime when it is recorded. You should note that some crimes may have both flags, therefore a sum of the two types cannot be used to show the total offences recorded.
Anti-Semitic and Islamophobic crimes are recorded as part of Faith hate crime with the faith indicated in the Modus Operandi field or incident text. Each faith crime record has been reviewed to determine which religion was targeted.
The increase in crimes recorded between periods may be due to the following:
Improvement in compliance with National Crime Recording Standards leading to an increase in the recording of crimes.
Victims of hate crime being more pro-active with reporting crimes and incidents.
Increased awareness of identifying hate crimes by officers dealing with incidents.
If you decide to write an article/use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted above 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.
With the above in mind please see the attached which fully answers your query.
Due to the different methods of recording information across 43 forces, a specific response from one constabulary should not be seen as an indication of what information could be supplied (within cost) by another. Systems used for recording these figures are not generic, nor are the procedures used locally in capturing the data. For this reason responses between forces may differ, and should not be used for comparative purposes.
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