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S5W-22168: John Finnie (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 14 March 2019

To ask the Scottish Government for what reason its publication, Developing Information on Hate Crime Recorded by the Police in Scotland, does not include information on the (a) location of the crime or offence, (b) relevant date, (c) method of reporting the incident and (d) number of previous incidents reported by the victim/complainer, as previously available in the report, Racist Incidents Recorded by the Police in Scotland.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 28 March 2019

As outlined in the report ‘Developing Information on Hate Crime Recorded by the Police in Scotland, further information on the nature of each hate crime the police deal with is recorded in Police Scotland's Interim Vulnerable Persons Database (IVPD).

Prior to any dissemination of a wider range of data collected within the IVPD, Police Scotland have been reviewing the process used by officers to enter this information into the database. This is with the aim of ensuring that should more detailed analysis on the nature of hate crime be regularly drawn from the IVPD, users can be assured of its quality.

Scottish Government statisticians will continue to engage with Police Scotland as they take this work forward, and will inform users through the SCOTSTAT network [1] of any new developments regarding the availability of hate crime information.

[1] Network for users and providers of Scottish Official Statistics ( )