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Devon and Cornwall Police

About this force

Population 1,535,056
Area 3,961 square miles
Recording stop and account? No
Force website Visit website

About the PCC in this area

Police & Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez (Conservative)
Email address opcc@devonandcornwall.pnn.police.uk
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How many searches do police do?

April 2016 – March 2017

The police conducted 5,084 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Devon and Cornwall Police.

This was a reduction of 18% 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 6,172 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Devon and Cornwall Police.

This was a reduction of 28% 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

Devon and Cornwall Police do not record stop and accounts.

What are searches targeted at?

Target Proportion of searches
Drugs74%
Stolen property12%
Offensive weapons7%
Other2%
Going equipped2%
Criminal damage1%
Firearms<1%

How effective are police stop and searches?

A staggering 74% of all searches carried out by Devon & Cornwall's police officers in 2016/17 were for drugs rather than serious or violent crime; this is up from 71% in the previous year. Most of these are likely to have involved low-level possession of drugs rather than suppliers. These figures means that Devon & Cornwall has one of the highest proportion of drugs searches of all police forces in England and Wales.

April 2016 – March 2017

8% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

April 2015 – March 2016

13% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

Who is getting searched?

Disproportionality for black people is high in this police force and has increased for the third consecutive year. Black people were stopped and searched at 9 times the rate of white people in 2016/17 (up from almost 8 times previously); Asians were searched at over 1.5 times the rate of whites (slight increase on the previous year); and people from mixed, Chinese or other backgrounds were searched at approximately the same rate as whites (approximately similar to previous years).

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 9.1
White : Asian 1 : 1.7
White : Mixed 1 : 0.9
White : Other 1 : 0.9