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Cumbria Constabulary

About this force

Area 2,268 square miles
Recording stop and account? No
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About the PCC in this area

Police & Crime Commissioner Peter McCall (Conservative)
Email address commissioner@cumbria-pcc.gov.uk
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How many searches do police do?

April 2017 – March 2018

The police conducted 1,504 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Cumbria Constabulary.

This was a reduction of 23% from the previous year.

There were 2 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 1,962 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Cumbria Constabulary.

This was a reduction of 49% from the previous year.

There were 11 stop and searches under Section 60 Criminal Justice & Public Order Act, a power which doesn’t require individual reasonable suspicion.

Stop and account

Cumbria Constabulary do not record stop and accounts.

What are searches targeted at?

Target Proportion of searches
Drugs60%
Going equipped14%
Stolen property13%
Offensive weapons10%
Criminal damage2%
Other1%
Firearms1%

How effective are police stop and searches?

In 2017/18, 60% of all searches across Cumbria were for drugs rather than being directed towards more serious crimes.

April 2017 – March 2018

18% 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.

Who is getting searched?

As the number of searches continues to fall across Cumbria, racial disproportionality rises even further across this police force area. In 2017/18, black people were searched at over 7 times the rate of whites and Asians were searched at almost 3 times the rate of whites. People from mixed backgrounds were searched below the rate of whites. There were no recorded searches of anyone from a Chinese or other ethnic background.

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 7.4
White : Asian 1 : 2.8
White : Mixed 1 : 0.7
White : Other 1 : 0.0