Hate Crime - 376/12
Dated: 07 Jun 2011
Date of request: 17/04/2012
Date of response: 27/04/2012
Thank you for your email dated 17th April 2012 in which you made a request for access to certain information which may be held by Northumbria Police.
Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 I seek the total number of recorded hate crimes in your police area for each of the years 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.
For each year, please provide the overall recorded number of hate crimes and figures for each of the five monitored forms of hate crime classifications used by the criminal justice system (disability, race, religious belief, sexual orientation and transgender).
Additionally, for each year please include the figure for total recorded anti-Semitic hate crimes.
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 however can not be disclosed for the following reasons.
Crimes are recorded using the following actual hate elements, Homophobic, Transphobic, Disability, Faith, Racist, Other. Figures for anti-Semitic crimes would be included in either Faith hate crime or a Racist hate crime. As there are in excess of 2750 Faith and Racist crimes for the period specified, to establish which of those, if any, are anti-Semitic would require each report to be viewed. However it should be noted that it is not necessarily guaranteed that the full details of the persons religious or racial status will be fully recorded on the computer records, as many of the fields are free text, it is not mandatory that they have to be filled in. This level of detail may only be known to the officers who dealt with individual incidents and crimes and would have to potentially be contacted to establish the full circumstances.
Even at a conservative estimate of 5 minutes per record, which we have considered as reasonable, we have estimated that to extract the information for this part alone would take over 290 hours, therefore Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act would apply. This section does not oblige a public authority to comply with a request for information if the authority estimated that the cost of complying with the request would exceed the appropriate limit of 18 hours, equating to £450.00
You should consider this to be a refusal notice under Section 17 of the Act for that part of your request.
As part of your request would exceed the prescribed limit, as defined by the Act, there is no requirement for Northumbria Police to provide a response to the remaining parts of your request. However, in order to provide you with some assistance, under Section 16 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, an initial assessment of the information that may be provided within the time constraints would be the overall recorded number of hate crimes and figures for each of the six monitored forms of hate crime classifications as outlined above
If this would be useful you may wish to define and resubmit your request accordingly.
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