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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.

Stop and account

Devon and Cornwall Police do not record stop and accounts.

What are searches targeted at?

Target Proportion of searches
Drugs71%
Stolen property13%
Offensive weapons10%
Other2%
Going equipped2%
Criminal damage1%
Firearms<1%

How effective are police stop and searches?

A staggering 71% of all searches conducted by police officers in Devon and Cornwall in 2017/18 were for drugs instead of being directed towards serious or violent crime. Research shows that most searches uncover low-level possession of drugs (mainly cannabis) rather than more serious drugs or suppliers.

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.

Who is getting searched?

Disproportionality across Devon and Cornwall is high, particularly for black people. In 2017/18 black people were searched at over nine and a half times the rate of whites- a fourth consecutive, annual increase and despite reductions in the overall volume of stops and searches across the region. People from Asian, mixed, Chinese and other ethnic backgrounds were searched at around approximately one and a half times the rate of whites.

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 9.6
White : Asian 1 : 1.8
White : Mixed 1 : 1.7
White : Other 1 : 1.4