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Bedfordshire Police

About this force

Area 477 square miles
Recording stop and account? No
Force website Visit website

About the PCC in this area

Police & Crime Commissioner Kathryn Holloway (Conservative)
Email address pcc@bedfordshire.pnn.police.uk
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How many searches do police do?

April 2016 – March 2017

The police conducted 1,621 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Bedfordshire Police.

This was a reduction of 28% from the previous year.

There were 1 stop and searches under Section 60 Criminal Justice & Public Order Act, a power which doesn’t require individual reasonable suspicion.

April 2015 – March 2016

The police conducted 2,257 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Bedfordshire Police.

This was a reduction of 24% from the previous year.

There were 4 stop and searches under Section 60 Criminal Justice & Public Order Act, a power which doesn’t require individual reasonable suspicion.

Stop and account

Bedfordshire Police do not record stop and accounts.

What are searches targeted at?

Target Proportion of searches
Drugs56%
Stolen property14%
Going equipped13%
Offensive weapons13%
Other3%
Firearms1%
Criminal damage<1%

How effective are police stop and searches?

Most searches conducted by Bedfordshire's officers are for drugs (57%) rather than serious or violent crime.

April 2016 – March 2017

8% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

April 2015 – March 2016

12% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

Who is getting searched?

Disproportionality across Bedfordshire has been stable in recent years. In 2016/17, people from black or mixed backgrounds were searched at just under three times the rate of white people whilst Asians were searched at almost double the rate of whites. People from white, Chinese, or 'other' backgrounds were searched at lower rates than the total average.

There was only 1 section 60 searches in Bedfordshire in 2016/17. Section 60 is a power that does not require officers to suspect a person is carrying knives or other weapons in order to search them for those items.

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 2.6
White : Asian 1 : 1.8
White : Mixed 1 : 2.9
White : Other 1 : 0.7