Dear Wiltshire Constabulary,

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

Force Disclosure Unit, Wiltshire Constabulary

Dear Daniel,

Our Ref: FOI 2019/635

Thank you for your request for information dated 19 June 2019 concerning breach of the peace and hate speech arrests. Your request will be considered under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Your request will now be considered and you will receive a response within the statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Act, subject to the information not being exempt or containing a reference to a third party. In some circumstances Wiltshire Police may be unable to achieve this deadline. If this is likely you will be informed and given a revised time-scale at the earliest opportunity.

There may be a fee payable for the retrieval, collation and provision of the information you request. If this is the case you will be informed and the 20 working day timescale will be suspended until we receive payment from you. If you chose not to make a payment then your request will remain unanswered.

Some requests may also require either full or partial transference to another public authority in order to answer your query in the fullest possible way. Again, you will be informed if this is the case.

Kind regards

Ellie James

Work-Flow Coordinator
Force Disclosure Unit
Address: Police HQ, London Road, Devizes, Wiltshire  SN10 2DN
[email address]
Police HQ, London Road, Devizes, Wiltshire  SN10 2DN

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Moore, Kay, Wiltshire Constabulary

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Hi Daniel,

 

Please see attached the information you requested with regards to hate
crimes.

 

Kind regards,

 

Kay Moore (9804)

Force Disclosure Decision Maker
Force Disclosure Unit
Wiltshire Police,

Police Headquarters, London Road, Devizes, Wiltshire, SN10 2DN

E-mail: [1][email address]
Web: [2]www.wiltshire.police.uk

 

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