High Level Summary of Statistics Trend Last update: Tuesday, Decmber 11, 2012
The definition of a racist incident as given by Sir William MacPherson in his Report on the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry is "any incident which is perceived to be racist by the victim or any other person."
The total number of racist incidents recorded by the police in Scotland has increased for the first time in five years, and is now at its highest level since this statistical collection began. In 2011-12, there were 5,389 racist incidents recorded by the police, which is a 10% increase on the 4,911 racist incidents recorded in 2010-11.
Source: Justice Analytical Services
Note (1): It is important to note that these statistics cover only incidents reported to the police, not all racist incidents.
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