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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 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 28% 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.

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.

Stop and account

Cleveland Police do not record stop and accounts.

What are searches targeted at?

Target Proportion of searches
Drugs45%
Going equipped17%
Stolen property16%
Offensive weapons13%
Other5%
Criminal damage3%
Firearms1%

How effective are police stop and searches?

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.

April 2015 – March 2016

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

Who is getting searched?

Disproportionality has increased in Cleveland over the 2016/17 financial year, and has been rising in recent years despite the overall fall in the total number of searches. In 2017/18, Black people in Cleveland were searched at just under four times the rate of whites, and people from Asian backgrounds were searched at just over twice the rate of whites, roughly the same as the previous financial year. The same was the case for those from Chinese or other backgrounds, who were searched at slightly higher rates than whites, and those from mixed backgrounds were very slightly more likely to be searched than whites.

Just as the previous financial year, Cleveland recorded no searches under section 60 in 2017/18, 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 : 3.9
White : Asian 1 : 2.4
White : Mixed 1 : 1.0
White : Other 1 : 1.1