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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 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.

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 equipped15%
Offensive weapons10%
Stolen property8%
Firearms1%
Criminal damage1%
Other<1%

How effective are police stop and searches?

A staggering 60% of all searches conducted by Cambridgeshire's police officers were for drugs rather than serious or violence crime (a reduction from 65% on the previous year).

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 2016/17 and is a similar number to most forces the same size as Cambridgeshire, but the lowest in the east of England aside from Norfolk.

April 2016 – March 2017

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 has risen across Cambridgeshire in recent years and has risen again in 2016/17, despite the overall reduction in the use of stop and search and relatively low number of searches compared to recent years. In 2016/17, black people were searched at a staggering eight times the rate of whites (up from 6 times in the previous year), people from mixed backgrounds were searched at 3 times the rate of whites (up from twice that rate previously) and Asians were searched at twice the rate of whites (slight reduction on the previous year). Those from Chinese or 'other' backgrounds were searched at half the rate of whites and, along with white people, were the only groups to be under-represented in searches. This means that most minority groups have not benefited from the overall reduction of searches.

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 8.0
White : Asian 1 : 2.0
White : Mixed 1 : 2.9
White : Other 1 : 0.5