Dear West Midlands Police,

Under the FoI act I would like to submit the following for information.

During 2018, How many people classed as IC1/IC2 (White - North European and White - South European combined) were arrested (charged or not) by officers of your force area for the following.

1. Breach of the peace
2. Hate Speech specifically against disability, race, religion, sexual orientation or transgender identity
3. Section 5 of the POA

and during 2018, how many people classed as IC6, Arab or North African, were arrested (charged or not) by officers of your force area for the same

1. Breach of the peace
2. Hate Speech specifically against disability, race, religion, sexual orientation or transgender identity
3. Section 5 of the POA

Now, as I understand it, there is no specific offence of “Hate Speech”, so to clarify...

Any crime with a perceived hate element will have a prejudice marker (race, religion, disability, etc.) attached to the crime report; You would have information on all hate crimes recorded in 2018 with prejudice markers attached.

If you can supply this information broken down by offence and with the requested suspect ethnicities and by reporting on all offences, this should pick up any of the public order offences too.

Yours faithfully,

Daniel Elliott

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Dear Mr Elliott

 

FOI Request Reference: 11036/19

 

Thank you for your request for information, received 19 June 2019.

 

REQUEST

 

1. During 2018, How many people classed as IC1/IC2 (White - North European
and White - South European combined) were arrested (charged or not) by
officers of your force area for the following.

 

a. Breach of the peace

b. Hate Speech specifically against disability, race, religion, sexual
orientation or transgender identity

c. Section 5 of the POA

 

2. During 2018, how many people classed as IC6, Arab or North African,
were arrested (charged or not) by officers of your force area for the same

 

a. Breach of the peace

b. Hate Speech specifically against disability, race, religion, sexual
orientation or transgender identity

c. Section 5 of the POA

 

Now, as I understand it, there is no specific offence of "Hate Speech", so
to clarify...

 

Any crime with a perceived hate element will have a prejudice marker
(race, religion, disability, etc.) attached to the crime report; You would
have information on all hate crimes recorded in 2018 with prejudice
markers attached.

 

If you can supply this information broken down by offence and with the
requested suspect ethnicities and by reporting on all offences, this
should pick up any of the public order offences too.

 

RESPONSE

 

Please find attached (11036_19_attachment.pdf).

 

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.

 

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to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as
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the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.

 

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