Added by Freedom of Information Team on 16 November 2017 at 15:45
Please could you tell me the number of crimes your force has recorded that have been “flagged” as having a hate crime element, where the location of the crime includes the words either “school” or “college”. According to guidance published by the Home Office (see below signature, page 2 for information) in the process of recording a crime, police can flag an offence as being motivated by one or more of five categories. These are: :: race or ethnicity; :: religion or beliefs; :: sexual orientation; :: disability; :: transgender identity.
In your response, for each crime recorded, please could you state the specific crime recorded, for example racially or religiously aggravated assault, and which of these five categories listed above were involved.
I would also like any details of each crime, including information on the ages and profession of any individuals involved.
I would like the information to cover the following time periods: :: September 1, 2015 to July 31, 2016 :: September 1, 2016 to July 31, 2017.
Amendment received 19th October 2017:
In order to give further information, I would like to clarify this paragraph of my request: "Please could you tell me the number of crimes your force has recorded that have been “flagged” as having a hate crime element, where the location of the crime includes the words either “school” or “college”." I would like to make it clear that I am looking for the number of crimes with a hate crime flag at ANY school or college, including academies and free schools, within your police authority area.
Please find the requested information attached. The information has been retrieved using a free text search of address with the words ‘school’, ‘college’ and ‘academy’, therefore any locations that did not have one of these words recorded in the address field will not be included. In addition, as you have specifically requested a text search of the location/address field, any locations that are not schools, for example, the O2 Academy, and locations on College Green will also be included in the search. Therefore, the information provided cannot be solely attributed to incidents that occurred in schools.
Please note that a crime can be flagged with more than type of hate motivation. With reference to the involved individual, the information provided relates to all individuals linked to the record, for example, the victim, suspect, and involved or mentioned party.
FOI reference: 1268/17.
Date of request: 16.10.17.