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Cumbria Constabulary

About this force

Area 2,268 square miles
Recording stop and account? No
Force website Visit website

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 2018 – March 2019

The police conducted 1,733 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Cumbria Constabulary.

This was an increase of 15% 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.

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
Drugs68%
Offensive weapons10%
Stolen property10%
Going equipped9%
Other1%
Firearms1%
Criminal damage1%

How effective are police stop and searches?

In 2018/19, 68% of all searches across Cumbria were for drugs rather than being directed towards more serious crimes, and eight point increase on 2017/18, when it was 60%.

April 2018 – March 2019

18% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

0% of stop and searches conducted under Section 60 Criminal Justice & Public Order Act lead to an arrest.

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?

Stop and search racial disproportionality has risen for black people in Cumbria police force area. In 2018/19, they were searched nearly eight times more often than whites, an increase on 2017/18, when it was seven and a half times the rate of whites. Asians were searched at twice the rate of whites, people from mixed backgrounds at just over one and a half times the rate of whites, and those from Chinese or other ethnic background were searched at under half the rate of whites.

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 7.9
White : Asian 1 : 2.0
White : Mixed 1 : 1.6
White : Other 1 : 0.4