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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 2018 – March 2019

The police conducted 1,757 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Cambridgeshire Constabulary.

This was an increase of 80% 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 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
Drugs61%
Offensive weapons18%
Going equipped15%
Stolen property4%
Criminal damage1%
Other<1%
Firearms<1%

How effective are police stop and searches?

A high proportion of all searches (61%) conducted by Cambridgeshire's police officers were for drugs rather than serious or violence crime in 2018/19.

April 2018 – March 2019

17% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

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?

In 2018/19, black people were stop and searched at a rate almost seven times greater than that of whites, those of mixed backgrounds were stopped at four times the rate of whites, Asians nearly twice and Chineses or 'other' at 1.3 times the rate of whites.

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 6.6
White : Asian 1 : 1.8
White : Mixed 1 : 3.9
White : Other 1 : 1.3