Find another area »

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
PCC website Visit website

How many searches do police do?

April 2017 – March 2018

The police conducted 1,436 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Bedfordshire Police.

This was a reduction of 11% from the previous year.

There were 2 stop and searches under Section 60 Criminal Justice & Public Order Act, a power which doesn’t require individual reasonable suspicion.

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
Drugs55%
Stolen property15%
Offensive weapons13%
Other11%
Going equipped7%
Criminal damage0%
Firearms0%

How effective are police stop and searches?

In 2017/18, 55% of Bedfordshire officers' searches are for drugs rather than serious or violent crime – down two percentage points on the previous year, but still representing the majority of searches.

April 2017 – March 2018

16% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

0% of stop and searches conducted under Section 60 Criminal Justice & Public Order Act lead to an arrest.

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 2017/18, people from black backgrounds were searched at nearly four times the rate of white people, whilst Asians and people from mixed backgrounds were searched at just over twice the rate of whites. People from Chinese or 'other' backgrounds were searched at half the rate of whites within the constabulary.

There were only two section 60 searches in Bedfordshire in 2017/18, neither of which resulted in arrest. 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 : 3.7
White : Asian 1 : 2.3
White : Mixed 1 : 2.3
White : Other 1 : 0.5