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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 2017 – March 2018

The police conducted 4,809 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Devon and Cornwall Police.

This was a reduction of 5% 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 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
Drugs48%
Other21%
Stolen property17%
Offensive weapons12%
Firearms1%
Going equipped1%
Criminal damage1%

How effective are police stop and searches?

April 2017 – March 2018

11% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

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 fourth consecutive year, despite falling stop and searches in the region overall. Black people were stopped and searched at nine-and-a-half times the rate of white people in 2017/18 (up slightly on the previous year; Asians were searched at nearly three-and-a-half times the rate of whites; people from mixed backgrounds were searched at almost one-and-a-half times the rate of white people; and those from Chinese or other backgrounds were searched at approximately the same rate as whites (similar to previous years).

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 9.5
White : Asian 1 : 3.4
White : Mixed 1 : 1.4
White : Other 1 : 0.9