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Dorset Police

About this force

Area 1,024 square miles
Recording stop and account? Yes
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About the PCC in this area

Police & Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill (Independent)
Email address pcc@dorset.pnn.police.uk
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How many searches do police do?

April 2017 – March 2018

The police conducted 2,411 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Dorset Police.

This was a reduction of 26% 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 3,271 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Dorset Police.

This was a reduction of 34% 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

Dorset Police record stop and accounts.

What are searches targeted at?

Target Proportion of searches
Drugs72%
Going equipped10%
Offensive weapons7%
Stolen property6%
Other3%
Criminal damage2%
Firearms1%

How effective are police stop and searches?

A staggering 72% of all searches carried out by Dorset's police officers in 2017/18 were for drugs instead of being directed towards more serious or violent crime. Most of these are likely to have targeted low-level possession of cannabis rather than suppliers or harder drugs.

April 2017 – March 2018

10% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

April 2016 – March 2017

10% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

Who is getting searched?

Racial disproportionality continues to be high for black people across Dorset. In 2017/18, black people were stopped and searched at approximately sixteen and a half times the rate of white people. Caution is required in interpreting the disproportionality for other groups (see ratios on this page) due to the relatively low number of searches conducted on these other groups.

There were no recorded searches under section 60 as in previous years. Section 60 is a power that does not require officers to believe that a person is carrying weapons in order to search them for such items.

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 16.4
White : Asian 1 : 1.4
White : Mixed 1 : 2.1
White : Other 1 : 0.8