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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.

April 2015 – March 2016

The police conducted 3,879 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Cumbria Constabulary.

This was a reduction of 41% from the previous year.

There were 26 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
Drugs49%
Stolen property25%
Going equipped12%
Offensive weapons12%
Other0%
Criminal damage0%
Firearms0%

How effective are police stop and searches?

In 2017/18, almost half of all searches across Cumbria were for drugs, a fall of 12 percentage points on the previous year, but still roughly twice as many as the next most common search, for stolen property. No searches for firearms were conducted.

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.

April 2015 – March 2016

9% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

Who is getting searched?

As the number of PACE stops falls, racial disproportionality continues to rise steeply in Cumbria. In 2017/18, black people were searched at almost eight times the rate of whites and asians were searched at just over four-and-a-half times the rate of whites. People from mixed backgrounds were searched at a little over half 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 : 7.7
White : Asian 1 : 4.6
White : Mixed 1 : 0.6
White : Other 1 : 0.0