This bulletin presents statistics on racist incidents recorded by Police Scotland in 2013-14.
Racist incidents reported to the police may involve one or more victims/complainers, one or more perpetrators, and may result in one or more crimes or offences being recorded.
The definition of a racist incident used by Police Scotland is as given by Sir William MacPherson in his 1999 report on the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry:
'A racist incident is any incident which is perceived to be racist by the victim or any other person.'
In line with the definition above, the victim/complainer may not necessarily be the person at whom the racially aggravated behaviour was targeted. The term 'victim/complainer' has been used throughout this bulletin to reflect the fact that a victim or any other person can perceive an incident to be racist.
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