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Derbyshire Constabulary

About this force

Area 1,000 square miles
Recording stop and account? No
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About the PCC in this area

Police & Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa (Labour)
Email address pccoffice@derbyshire.pnn.police.uk
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How many searches do police do?

April 2016 – March 2017

The police conducted 1,901 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Derbyshire Constabulary.

This was a reduction of 48% 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 3,666 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Derbyshire Constabulary.

This was a reduction of 34% 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

Derbyshire Constabulary do not record stop and accounts.

What are searches targeted at?

Target Proportion of searches
Drugs68%
Stolen property11%
Going equipped8%
Offensive weapons7%
Other3%
Firearms2%
Criminal damage<1%

How effective are police stop and searches?

A staggering 68% of all searches conducted by officers in Derbyshire were for drugs rather than more serious or violent crime. This percentage has increased in previous years.

April 2016 – March 2017

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

April 2015 – March 2016

14% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

Who is getting searched?

Racial disproportionality has increased in Derbyshire, despite the reduction in the overall use of stop and searches. In 2016/17, Black people were searched at 5 and a half times the rate of white people (up from almost 4 times in the previous year) and people from mixed backgrounds were searched at over 3 and a half times that rate (up from 2.5 in the previous year). Asians were searched at 2.5 times the rate of whites (down from 3 times that rate). Only those from Chinese or other ethnicities were searched at lower rates than whites, although this is partly due to the very low number of searches for people falling within this category (i.e. 10 searches) which makes the disproportionality ratio less reliable.

As with previous years, Derbyshire recorded no searches conducted under section 60 in 2016/17. Section 60 is a power that does not require officers to suspect a person is carrying a weapon in order to search them.

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 5.5
White : Asian 1 : 2.5
White : Mixed 1 : 3.6
White : Other 1 : 0.9