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Cleveland Police

About this force

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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How many searches do police do?

April 2018 – March 2019

The police conducted 888 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Cleveland Police.

This was an increase of 2% 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 2017 – March 2018

The police conducted 874 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Cleveland Police.

This was a reduction of 15% 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 1,206 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Cleveland Police.

This was a reduction of 63% 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.

Stop and account

Cleveland Police do not record stop and accounts.

What are searches targeted at?

Target Proportion of searches
Drugs49%
Going equipped15%
Offensive weapons13%
Stolen property12%
Other8%
Criminal damage2%
Firearms2%

How effective are police stop and searches?

April 2018 – March 2019

25% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

April 2017 – March 2018

28% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

April 2016 – March 2017

8% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

Who is getting searched?

Disproportionality has been rising for black people in recent years, as the total number of searches remains roughly the same as the previous year. In 2018/19, black people in Cleveland were searched at just over five and a half times the rate of whites (up from 4.7 times in 2017/18). People from Asian backgrounds were searched at twice the rate of whites, Chinese or other at just under twice that rate, and there were no searches of people from mixed backgrounds.

Just as the previous financial year, 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. The last recorded search under this power was in 2014/15 where only one person was searched.

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 5.6
White : Asian 1 : 2.0
White : Mixed 1 : 0.0
White : Other 1 : 1.7