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Devon and Cornwall Police

About this force

Chief constable Shaun Sawyer
Population 1,535,056
Area 3,961 square miles
Recording stop and account? No
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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 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.

April 2014 – March 2015

The police conducted 8,542 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Devon and Cornwall Police.

This was a reduction of 38% 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
Drugs71%
Stolen property14%
Offensive weapons7%
Other4%
Going equipped3%
Criminal damage1%
Firearms0%

How effective are police stop and searches?

A staggering 71% of all searches carried out by Devon & Cornwall's police officers were for drugs rather than serious or violent crime. 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 2015 – March 2016

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

April 2014 – March 2015

23% 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 second consecutive year. Black people were stopped and searched at almost 8 times the rate of white people in 2015/16 and this is an increase from just over 7 times that rate in 2014/15. People from all other ethnicities were searched at marginally higher rates than whites: this includes Asians, mixed people and people from Chinese or other backgrounds (the latter group were previously searched at 4 times the rate of white people in 2014/15).

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 7.7
White : Asian 1 : 1.3
White : Mixed 1 : 1.3
White : Other 1 : 1.0