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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 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.

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
Drugs59%
Going equipped18%
Offensive weapons17%
Stolen property6%
Other0%
Criminal damage<1%
Firearms0%

How effective are police stop and searches?

A staggering three-fifths (59%) of all searches 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.

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?

Despite the overall reduction in the use of stop and search in Cambridgeshire, black people in 2017/18 were searched at just over six-and-a-half times the rate of whites, people from mixed backgrounds were searched just under twice the rate of whites and Asians at just under one-and-a-half the rate of whites.

Those from Chinese or 'other' backgrounds were searched at just over half the rate of whites, the only ethnic minority to be under-represented in searches.

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 6.6
White : Asian 1 : 1.4
White : Mixed 1 : 1.8
White : Other 1 : 0.6