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Cleveland Police

About this force

Chief constable David Robinson
Recording stop and account? No
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About the PCC in this area

Police & Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger (Labour)
Email address pcc@cleveland.pnn.police.uk
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PCC's crime plan Read

How many searches do police do?

April 2015 – March 2016

The police conducted 2,787 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Cleveland Police.

This was a reduction of 70% 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 9,442 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Cleveland Police.

This was a reduction of 62% 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.

Stop and account

Cleveland Police do not record stop and accounts.

What are searches targeted at?

Target Proportion of searches
Drugs39%
Going equipped24%
Stolen property21%
Offensive weapons9%
Other3%
Criminal damage2%
Firearms1%

How effective are police stop and searches?

April 2015 – March 2016

19% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

April 2014 – March 2015

15% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

Who is getting searched?

Black people were searched at over three times the rate of whites across Cleveland whereas people from Asian backgrounds were searched at approximately the same rate as whites in 2015/16. Mixed people and those from Chinese or other backgrounds were less like than whites to be searched during this period. Overall, however, disproportionality rose slightly in 2015/16 compared to the previous 2014/15 reporting period.

Cleveland recorded no searches under section 60, a power which does not require officers to have suspicion to believe that the person is involved in violence in order to search them. In 2014/15, there was only one search under this power.

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 3.4
White : Asian 1 : 1.2
White : Mixed 1 : 0.9
White : Other 1 : 0.8