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Bedfordshire Police

About this force

Chief constable Jon Boutcher
Area 477 square miles
Recording stop and account? No
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About the PCC in this area

Police & Crime Commissioner Kathryn Holloway (Conservative)
Email address pcc@bedfordshire.pnn.police.uk
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PCC's crime plan Read

How many searches do police do?

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.

April 2014 – March 2015

The police conducted 2,972 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Bedfordshire Police.

This was a reduction of 54% from the previous year.

There were 6 stop and searches under Section 60 Criminal Justice & Public Order Act, a power which doesn’t require individual reasonable suspicion.

This was a reduction of 93% from the previous year.

Stop and account

Bedfordshire Police do not record stop and accounts.

What are searches targeted at?

Target Proportion of searches
Drugs57%
Stolen property14%
Going equipped12%
Offensive weapons11%
Other5%
Firearms1%
Criminal damage0%

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 2015 – March 2016

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

April 2014 – March 2015

7% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

Who is getting searched?

People from black or mixed backgrounds were searched at three times the rate of white people in 2015/16 whilst Asians were searched at almost double the rate of whites. People from white, Chinese, or 'other' backgrounds were under-represented in searches and searched at the same rate. These figures are largely similar to the 2014/15 financial year.

There were 4 section 60 searches in Bedfordshire. Section 60 is a power that does not require reasonable suspicion to believe that a person is involved in crime in order to search them. Of these, 3 were of white people and one person was black. One person was arrested and for reasons not related to the discovery of a weapon.

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 3.0
White : Asian 1 : 1.7
White : Mixed 1 : 2.9
White : Other 1 : 1.0