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Dorset Police

About this force

Chief constable Debbie Simpson
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 2015 – March 2016

The police conducted 4,979 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Dorset Police.

This was an increase of 15% 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 7,197 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Dorset Police.

This was a reduction of 15% 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
Drugs70%
Stolen property12%
Going equipped6%
Offensive weapons6%
Other4%
Criminal damage1%
Firearms1%

How effective are police stop and searches?

A staggering 70% of all searches carried out by this police force's 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. This figure is one of the highest in the country.

April 2015 – March 2016

15% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

April 2014 – March 2015

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

Who is getting searched?

Disproportionality is high for black people across Dorset. In 2015/16, black people were stopped and searched at over 19 times the rate of white people (up from almost 13 in 2014/15) and represents the second increase for two consecutive years. Similar to the previous year, people of mixed backgrounds were searched at almost 3 times the rate of whites and Asians are searched at just over one and a half times the rate of whites. White people and those from Chinese or 'other' backgrounds are searched at similar rates and are under-represented in searches.

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 19.3
White : Asian 1 : 1.7
White : Mixed 1 : 2.8
White : Other 1 : 0.8