462. Hon ALISON XAMON to the minister representing the Minister for Police:
(1) Does the Western Australia Police Force currently collect data on the prevalence of assaults that are suspected LGBTIQ hate crimes?
(2) If yes to (1), what specific information is collected?
(3) If no to (1), how can we determine whether LGBTIQ hate crimes represent a systemic problem in Western Australia?
Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:
I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question. The following answer has been provided to me by the Minister for Police.
(1)–(3) The Western Australia Police Force advises that it does not collect specific data on hate crime trends but understands that hate-based crimes can significantly impact the victim and the community, and therefore strongly encourages victims to report all crimes so that they can be investigated with empathy, respect and fairness.