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Cambridgeshire Constabulary

About this force

Chief constable Alec Wood
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 2015 – March 2016

The police conducted 3,154 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Cambridgeshire Constabulary.

This was a reduction of 48% from the previous year.

There were 9 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 6,023 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Cambridgeshire Constabulary.

This was a reduction of 53% from the previous year.

There were 63 stop and searches under Section 60 Criminal Justice & Public Order Act, a power which doesn’t require individual reasonable suspicion.

This was an increase of 13% from the previous year.

Stop and account

Cambridgeshire Constabulary do not record stop and accounts.

What are searches targeted at?

Target Proportion of searches
Drugs65%
Going equipped14%
Stolen property12%
Offensive weapons7%
Firearms1%
Other1%
Criminal damage0%

How effective are police stop and searches?

A staggering 65% of all searches conducted by Cambridgeshire's officers were for drugs rather than serious and violence crime. This is the highest figure of all forces in the east of England.

Cambridgeshire had one of the lowest search-to-arrest ratios in 2014/15 at only 2% of all searches leading to an arrest. This figure rose to 7% in 2015/16 and is a similar number to most forces the same size as Cambridgeshire but the lowest in the east of England along with Norfolk.

The police force reduced their use of section 60, a power that does not require officers to have suspicion to believe that a person is involved in violence in order to search them. Following intense government scrutiny into this power, Cambridgeshire reduced their use of section 60 from 63 searches in 2014/15 to just 9 in 2015/16. One of these resulted in an arrest but for reasons not related to the discovery of a weapon.

April 2015 – March 2016

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

April 2014 – March 2015

2% 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.

Who is getting searched?

Disproportionality rose significantly in Cambridgeshire in 2015/16. Black people were searched at approximately 6 times the rate of whites (up from 4 times in 2014/15), and Asians and those from mixed backgrounds were searched at more than double the rate of whites (up from one and a half times the rate of whites). Those from Chinese or 'other' backgrounds were the only groups to be under-represented in searches.

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 6.1
White : Asian 1 : 2.3
White : Mixed 1 : 2.1
White : Other 1 : 0.3