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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 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
Drugs61%
Going equipped15%
Stolen property12%
Offensive weapons7%
Other3%
Criminal damage1%
Firearms1%

How effective are police stop and searches?

A staggering 61% of all searches across Cumbria was for drugs rather than being directed for serious or violent crimes. Only 1% of all searches in 2016/17 was for firearms and 7% was for offensive weapons.

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?

In 2016/17, racial disproportionality increased again for another consecutive year and despite the overall fall in the number of searches across Cumbria and nationally. Black people were searched at almost 7 times the rate of whites (up from 5) and Asians were searched at over twice the rate of whites (up from double that rate). People from mixed backgrounds were searched at slightly higher rates than whites whereas it was the same rate in the previous year. There was no recorded searches of anyone from a Chinese or other ethnic background.

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 6.7
White : Asian 1 : 2.2
White : Mixed 1 : 1.3
White : Other 1 : 0.0