Hate Crime Statistics

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Dear Police Service of Northern Ireland,

Please provide the following information in respect of every full year from January 1st 2018 onwards.

1. The total number of hate crimes recorded by the Constabulary, broken down by individual ‘hate’ characteristics (e.g. Race, disability etc.)

2. With respect to crimes that were so recorded due to the hate element being related to ‘gender identity’, ‘gender reassignment’ or ‘transphobia’(or whichever similar term the Force may use) please provide a detailed breakdown of the specific crimes involved e.g. rape, murder, assault, harassment etc.)

3. The total number of non-crime hate incidents recorded, similarly broken down as per question 1.

4. With respect to non-crime hate incidents that were so recorded due to the hate element being related to ‘gender identity’, ‘gender reassignment’ or ‘transphobia’(or whichever similar term the Force may use) please provide a detailed breakdown of the specific type of incident involved.

Yours faithfully,

Martin J Lugsdin

Police Service of Northern Ireland

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22nd August 2022

Dear Mr. Lugsdin,

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on 22nd August 2022.  I note you seek access to the following information:

Hate Crime Statistics

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J Roberts left an annotation ()

Some people might be interested in this:

Outcomes of Crimes Recorded by the Police in Northern Ireland
2015/16 to 2020/21

'5. Distribution of outcomes for crimes with a hate motivation'

https://www.psni.police.uk/globalassets/...

Police Service of Northern Ireland

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Subject: FOI-2022-02077
7th September 2022

Dear Mr. Lugsdin,

FREEDOM of INFORMATION ACT 2000

I write in connection with your request for information dated 22nd August
2022 which was received by the Police Service of Northern Ireland on 22nd
August 2022 concerning:

Hate Crime Statistics

Please find attached response to your request.

Yours sincerely,

 

Mila

FOI Decision Maker
Corporate Information Branch
PSNI HQ Brooklyn
Direct Line: 02890700739

 

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