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Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),
I would like hate crime on people with Asian backgrounds, indian, Pakistani etc.

For:
Camden, city of London, Ealing, Hackney and Islington

if this could be in a spread sheet format

I would like the stats for 2015 and 2016

also any stats on hate crime - disablitiy, sexual orientation and transgender ( with people from Asian backgrounds)

Yours faithfully,

jessica chumber

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Ms chumber

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2016110000425

I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 09/11/2016.  I note you seek
access to the following information:

"I would like hate crime on people with Asian backgrounds, indian,
Pakistani etc.

For:
Camden, city of London, Ealing, Hackney and Islington

if this could be in a spread sheet format

I would like the stats for 2015 and 2016

also any stats on hate crime - disablitiy, sexual orientation and
transgender ( with people from Asian backgrounds)"

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Information Act 2000 (the Act).  You will receive a response within the
statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Act.  

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Yours sincerely

S Bhaskaran
Customer Services Administration Team
 
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Dear Ms Chumber

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2016110000425

I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 09/11/2016.  I note you seek
access to the following information:

* I would like hate crime on people with Asian backgrounds, indian,
Pakistani etc. For: Camden, city of London, Ealing, Hackney and
Islington if this could be in a spread sheet format I would like the
stats for 2015 and 2016 also any stats on hate crime - disablitiy,
sexual orientation and transgender ( with people from Asian
backgrounds)

This is to inform you that the MPS are unable to proceed with your request
as we require further information from you.  

Please note the MPS area does not cover the City Of London (please visit
 www.cityoflondon.police.uk for their contact details). Are you happy for
the MPS to continue with the rest of your request for the remaining 4
Boroughs?

After receiving your reply, your request will then be considered and you
will receive a response within the statutory timescale of 20 working days.

However, if the requested additional information has not been received by
7/12/2016 I will assume you no longer wish to proceed with this request
and will treat it as withdrawn.

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please
contact me at [email address], quoting the reference number above.

Yours sincerely,

Mr. Lyng
Information Rights Unit
 
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Dear Ms Chumber

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2016110000425

I respond in connection with your request for information which was
received by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 09/11/2016. I note
you seek access to the following information:

I would like hate crime on people with Asian backgrounds, indian,
Pakistani etc.

For: Camden, Ealing, Hackney and Islington I would like the stats for 2015
and 2016

also any stats on hate crime - disablitiy, sexual orientation and
transgender (with people from Asian backgrounds)

SEARCHES TO LOCATE INFORMATION

Searches were conducted within MPS Reporting Services which located
information relevant to your request.
 
DECISION

I have decided to provide you with the requested information. However, any
further breakdown into individual self defined ethnicity, or where the
offence count is low is exempt by virtue of section 40(2) (3) - Personal
information, Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act) - reasons for which
can be found at Annex A below.

In accordance with the Act, this response represents a Partial Refusal
Notice for this particular request under Section 17(1) of the Act. Please
see the Legal Annex for the sections of the Act that are referred to in
this response

DISCLOSURE

The MPS is committed to tackling hate crime in all its forms, supporting
victims and their families and bringing perpetrators to justice. We have
long since recognised the impact of hate crime on communities and the
hidden nature of this crime, which remains largely under-reported.

We seek ways to increase reporting and we work with a number of third
party reporting sites, so victims who would otherwise feel unable to
approach police direct can report crime to non-police organisations and
individuals including TellMAMA for Islamophobia. Victims of hate crime
can, in addition, now report online on the MPS website.

The MPS believes the increase in all areas of hate crime is due to a range
of factors, these include a growing willingness of victims to report hate
crime, an overall improved awareness of staff in identifying these
offences; and work with partners to support victims. World events can also
contribute to a rise in hate crime.

With the welcome rise in victims willing to report hate crime to the
police, most of the increase is for non violent offences, we recognise
that our sanction detection rates have fallen, as many of these non
violent offences present less evidential opportunities. However, we are
committed to improving our total number of sanction detection rates and
successful prosecutions.

To this end, we have increased specialist investigators within our 32
London borough community safety units by 30 per cent, with more than 900
specialist member of staff dedicated to investigating all hate crime and
we have reviewed our hate crime policy, placing extra focus upon evidence
gathering and technology to help us achieve better outcome rates. We are
also reassured to find our sanction detection rates have stabilised since
this increase in these resources.
Please find attached to this response a spreadsheet containing the
information you are seeking which has been presented in such a way so as
not to breach any Data Protection rights to privacy by the victims.

Please also note that the self defined ethnicity filed within each CRIS
crime report is a non-mandatory field and as such has not been completed
in all cases.  Therefore the data should not be used for any comparison
purposes.

I hope you find the information useful. Should you have any further
enquiries concerning this matter, please email at [email address],
quoting the reference number above.

Yours sincerely
 
David Edwards on behalf of Mr. Lyng
Information Rights Unit

ANNEX A - Reasons for decision

Before I explain the reasons for the decisions I have made in relation to
your request, I thought that it would be helpful if I outline the
parameters set out by the Act within which a request for information can
be answered. The Act creates a statutory right of access to information
held by public authorities. A public authority in receipt of a request
must, if permitted, confirm if the requested information is held by that
public authority and, if so, then communicate that information to the
applicant.

The right of access to information is not without exception and is subject
to a number of exemptions which are designed to enable public authorities
to withhold information that is not suitable for release. Importantly, the
Act is designed to place information into the public domain, that is, once
access to information is granted to one person under the Act, it is then
considered public information and must be communicated to any individual
should a request be received.  
Section 40(2) (3) - Personal Information.

Under Section 40(2) and (3) of the Act, Public Authorities are able to
withhold information where its release would identify any living
individual and breach the principles of the Data Protection Act 1998
(DPA).
I have applied this exemption in that the disclosure of the self defined
ethnicity together with the particular Hate crime strand, could cause a
person's identity to be revealed.  Additionally, where the offence count
is low this has been removed and indicated by [*] in the relevant
spreadsheet cell. If this occurs due to the information provided by the
MPS, this constitutes personal data, which would be in breach of the
rights provided by the DPA.

The eight principles of the DPA govern the way in which data controllers
must manage personal data. Under principle one of the DPA, personal data
must be processed fairly and lawfully. I consider that the release of the
requested information in full constitutes personal data. The release of
this information would be unfair as victims linked to these offences would
have no reasonable expectation that the MPS would make this information
publicly available.

In reaching my decision I have in each case, given due regard to Condition
one and six of Schedule 2 of the DPA. Condition one of the DPA requires
that consideration is given to whether consent for disclosure has been
given whilst Condition six requires that consideration is given to whether
disclosure would constitute legitimate processing of that data. Having
considered both conditions, I have established that no consent is present
or would likely be received to release this information.

This exemption is both absolute and class based. When this exemption is
applied, it is accepted that harm would result from disclosure. There is
accordingly no requirement to consider whether release of information is
in the public interest or demonstrate what harm would result from
disclosure.

LEGAL ANNEX

Section 17 of the Act provides:

(1)  A public authority which, in relation to any request for information,
is to any extent relying on a claim that any provision in part II relating
to the duty to confirm or deny is relevant to the request or on a claim
that information is exempt information must, within the time for complying
with section 1(1), give the applicant a notice which-
(a) States the fact,
(b) Specifies the exemption in question, and
(c) States (if that would not otherwise be apparent) why the exemption
applies.
 
Section 40(2)(3) of the Act provides:

Personal information

(1) Any information to which a request for information relates is exempt
information if it constitutes personal data of which the applicant is the
data subject.

(2) Any information to which a request for information relates is also
exempt information if-
(a) It constitutes personal data which do not fall within subsection (1),
and
(b) Either the first or the second condition below is satisfied.

(3) The first condition is-
(a) In a case where the information falls within any of paragraphs (a) to
(d) of the definition of "data" in section 1(1) of the M1Data Protection
Act 1998, that the disclosure of the information to a member of the public
otherwise than under this Act would contravene-
(i) Any of the data protection principles, or
(ii) Section 10 of that Act (right to prevent processing likely to cause
damage or distress), and
(b) In any other case, that the disclosure of the information to a member
of the public otherwise than under this Act would contravene any of the
data protection principles if the exemptions in section 33A(1) of the Data
Protection Act 1998 (which relate to manual data held by public
authorities) were disregarded    

 

In complying with their statutory duty under sections 1 and 11 of the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 to release the enclosed information, the
Metropolitan Police Service will not breach the Copyright, Designs and
Patents Act 1988. However, the rights of the copyright owner of the
enclosed information will continue to be protected by law.  Applications
for the copyright owner's written permission to reproduce any part of the
attached information should be addressed to MPS Directorate of Legal
Services, 10 Lambs Conduit Street, London, WC1N 3NR.
 
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Are you unhappy with how your request has been handled or do you think the
decision is incorrect?

You have the right to require the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) to
review their decision.

Prior to lodging a formal complaint you are welcome to discuss the
response with the case officer who dealt with your request.  

Complaint

If you are dissatisfied with the handling procedures or the decision of
the MPS made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act) regarding
access to information you can lodge a complaint with the MPS to have the
decision reviewed.

Complaints should be made in writing, within forty (40) working days from
the date of the refusal notice, and addressed to:

FOI Complaint
Information Rights Unit
PO Box 57192
London
SW6 1SF
[email address]

In all possible circumstances the MPS will aim to respond to your
complaint within 20 working days.

The Information Commissioner

After lodging a complaint with the MPS if you are still dissatisfied with
the decision you may make application to the Information Commissioner for
a decision on whether the request for information has been dealt with in
accordance with the requirements of the Act.

For information on how to make application to the Information Commissioner
please visit their website at www.ico.org.uk.  Alternatively, write to or
phone:

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone: 0303 123 1113

Total Policing is the Met's commitment to be on the streets and in your
communities to catch offenders, prevent crime and support victims. We are
here for London, working with you to make our capital safer.

 

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the intended recipient. If you have received this email in error, please
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email without the permission of the sender. MPS communication systems are
monitored to the extent permitted by law.  Consequently, any email and/or
attachments may be read by monitoring staff. Only specified personnel are
authorised to conclude any binding agreement on behalf of the MPS by
email. The MPS accepts no responsibility for unauthorised agreements
reached with other employees or agents.  The security of this email and
any attachments cannot be guaranteed. Email messages are routinely scanned
but malicious software infection and corruption of content can still occur
during transmission over the Internet. Any views or opinions expressed in
this communication are solely those of the author and do not necessarily
represent those of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS).

 

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