Hate Crime - 433/15
Dated: 08 May 2015
Date of request: 27/04/15
Date of response: 06/05/15
Provision of informati11 held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)
Thank you for your email dated 27April 2015 in which you made a request for access to certain information which may be held by Northumbria Police.
As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.
1. I wish to know the number of racially motivated hate crimes in the Northumbria force area between 01/2010 - 28/04/2015
2. I would also like to know a) where they took place and b) if it was a man, woman or youth involved and c) who/what race it was against.
3. I wish to know the number of religiously motivated hate crimes in the Northumbria force area between 01/2010 - 28/04/2015
4. I would also like to know a) where they took place and b) if it was a man, woman or youth involved and c) who/what religion it was against."
We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.
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 in part by Northumbria Police, however cannot be disclosed as the information you have requested is not held in a format that can be retrieved within the time limits of the Act
To provide information which meets the criteria of your request would entail a member of staff reviewing all crimes marked as racial or faith crimes to attempt to establish towards which race or religion the offence was directed. Initial indications are that for the time period you specified this would involve over 3,000 such crimes. Even at a conservative estimate of 2 minutes per record, which we have considered as reasonable, we have estimated that to extract this information would take over 100 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 questions 1 to 4 as above for the period 01/01/15 to 28/04/15 only.
We would need you to clarify if at points 2b) and 4b) you were seeking the age and gender of the victim or the offender.
If that would be useful you may wish to define and resubmit your request accordingly.
It should be noted that it is not guaranteed that the full details of the victims' religious or racial status will be recorded on our computer records as many of the fields are free text and it is not mandatory that these are completed.
Due to the different methods of recording information across 43 forces, a specific response from one constabulary should not be seen as an indication of what information could be supplied (within cost) by another. Systems used for recording these figures are not generic, nor are the procedures used locally in capturing the data. For this reason responses between forces may differ, and should not be used for comparative purposes.
The information we have supplied to you is likely to contain intellectual property rights of Northumbria Police. Your use of the information must be strictly in accordance with the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (as amended) or such other applicable legislation. In particular, you must not re-use this information for any commercial purpose.
How to complain
If you are unhappy with our decision or do not consider that we have handled your request properly and we are unable to resolve this issue informally, you are entitled to make a formal complaint to us under our complaints procedure which can be found at: http://www.northumbria.police.uk/foi/disclosurelog/foicomprights.asp
If you are still unhappy after we have investigated your complaint and reported to you the outcome, you may complain directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office and request that they investigate to ascertain whether we have dealt with your request in accordance with the Act.