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Cambridgeshire Constabulary

About this force

Area 3,500 square miles
Recording stop and account? No
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About the PCC in this area

Police & Crime Commissioner Jason Ablewhite (Conservative)
Email address cambs-pcc@cambs.pnn.police.uk
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How many searches do police do?

April 2017 – March 2018

The police conducted 978 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Cambridgeshire Constabulary.

This was a reduction of 25% from the previous year.

There were 0 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 1,297 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Cambridgeshire Constabulary.

This was a reduction of 59% from the previous year.

There were 0 stop and searches under Section 60 Criminal Justice & Public Order Act, a power which doesn’t require individual reasonable suspicion.

Stop and account

Cambridgeshire Constabulary do not record stop and accounts.

What are searches targeted at?

Target Proportion of searches
Drugs58%
Going equipped19%
Offensive weapons16%
Stolen property5%
Other1%
Criminal damage1%
Firearms1%

How effective are police stop and searches?

A high proportion of all searches (58%) conducted by Cambridgeshire's police officers were for drugs rather than serious or violence crime.

April 2017 – March 2018

20% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

April 2016 – March 2017

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

Who is getting searched?

Some caution is required when interpreting Cambridgeshire's disproportionality, due to the relatively low number of searches (see ratios below). Of a total of 978 recorded searches, 640 were of white people, 59 of blacks, 37 of Asians, 26 of people from mixed background and 13 were of people from other ethnic backgrounds.

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 6.9
White : Asian 1 : 1.2
White : Mixed 1 : 2.4
White : Other 1 : 1.2