Freedom of Information: Hate Crime Statistics
Thank you for your request dated 14 March 2014 under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) for the following information:
"I want to know the breakdown of hate crime statistics by geographical area in Edinburgh and by the accused age.
I am interested in information from the last 3 years."
My colleague Ms Black e-mailed you on 24 March to advise you that while we could provide you with statistical information relating to hate crimes reported to the Procurator Fiscal at Edinburgh, we could not provide a more detailed geographical breakdown and that we would provide statistical information by accused age group.
You confirmed that you would like this information.
We have now completed our search for the information you request, and a copy is provided at Annex A below.
COPFS uses a live operational case management system, specifically designed to receive criminal and death reports from the police and other specialist reporting agencies and to manage the cases for investigation and prosecution purposes. The information held on the system is structured for these operational needs, rather than for statistical reporting or research purposes. Due to the way the data is structured on our system, where we are asked to provide statistical information, we provide this by number of charges rather than number of reports. A case report may involve more than one charge.
COPFS takes allegations of hate crimes motivated by prejudice extremely seriously, and we operate a rigorous prosecution policy in relation to such offences. However, there will not always be sufficient evidence in law for us to take prosecutorial action.