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Devon and Cornwall Police

About this force

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
PCC website Visit website

How many searches do police do?

April 2018 – March 2019

The police conducted 4,568 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 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
Drugs72%
Stolen property11%
Offensive weapons11%
Other4%
Going equipped2%
Criminal damage1%
Firearms<1%

How effective are police stop and searches?

A staggering 72% of all searches conducted by police officers in Devon and Cornwall in 2018/19 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 2018 – March 2019

12% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

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?

Although slightly down on the previous year (a ratio of 9.6 searches of black people for every search of a white person in 2017/18), disproportionality across Devon and Cornwall remains high for black people. In 2018/19 black people were searched at almost eight and a half times the rate of whites. People from mixed 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 : 8.4
White : Asian 1 : 1.0
White : Mixed 1 : 1.6
White : Other 1 : 0.4