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Cyberbullying Written Answer, 16/04/12 [S]

Written Answer given in response to Kezia Dugdale's (Lab) question asking the Scottish Executive how it (a) monitors and (b) collates figures relating to reports of cyberbullying to the police.

The Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Kenny MacAskill, replied that the police recorded crime data collected centrally is based on an aggregate return from each of the eight police forces in Scotland and is published in the annual Recorded Crime in Scotland statistical bulletin.

Whilst the term cyberbullying is not a specific offence in itself, cyberbullying would be recorded by the police as an offence under the relevant legislation, depending on the nature of the offence itself. As such, cyberbullying may be recorded under different crime and offence codes included within the classification system used centrally and may not be identifiable separately.

For the full answer to this and other questions see the Scottish Parliament Written Answer Report 16 April 2012 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Written Answer Report 16 April 2012