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Cheshire Constabulary

About this force

Chief constable Simon Byrne
Area 200 square miles
Recording stop and account? No
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About the PCC in this area

Police & Crime Commissioner David Keane (Labout)
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PCC's crime plan Read

How many searches do police do?

April 2015 – March 2016

The police conducted 5,891 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Cheshire Constabulary.

This was a reduction of 37% from the previous year.

There were 1 stop and searches under Section 60 Criminal Justice & Public Order Act, a power which doesn’t require individual reasonable suspicion.

This was a reduction of 95% from the previous year.

April 2014 – March 2015

The police conducted 9,348 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Cheshire Constabulary.

This was an increase of 41% from the previous year.

There were 21 stop and searches under Section 60 Criminal Justice & Public Order Act, a power which doesn’t require individual reasonable suspicion.

This was a reduction of 46% from the previous year.

Stop and account

Cheshire Constabulary do not record stop and accounts.

What are searches targeted at?

Target Proportion of searches
Drugs69%
Going equipped15%
Stolen property7%
Offensive weapons4%
Other4%
Criminal damage1%
Firearms1%

How effective are police stop and searches?

April 2015 – March 2016

12% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

April 2014 – March 2015

11% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

2% of stop and searches conducted under Section 60 Criminal Justice & Public Order Act lead to an arrest.

Who is getting searched?

Across Cheshire, black people were searched at almost six times the rate of whites in 2015/16; an increase on the previous year. People from Asian or mixed backgrounds are searched at half the rate of whites. Finally, people from Chinese or other minority groups are searched at over twice the rate of whites.

There was only 1 person searched under section 60, a power that does not require officers to have any suspicion before detaining a person for a search.

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 5.6
White : Asian 1 : 0.5
White : Mixed 1 : 0.5
White : Other 1 : 2.4