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Gloucestershire Constabulary

About this force

Area 1,025 square miles
Recording stop and account? No
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About the PCC in this area

Police & Crime Commissioner Martin Surl (Independent)
Email address pcc@gloucestershire.pnn.police.uk
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How many searches do police do?

April 2016 – March 2017

The police conducted 1,832 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Gloucestershire Constabulary.

This was a reduction of 13% 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 2,096 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Gloucestershire Constabulary.

This was a reduction of 23% 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

Gloucestershire Constabulary do not record stop and accounts.

What are searches targeted at?

Target Proportion of searches
Drugs64%
Stolen property13%
Going equipped10%
Offensive weapons8%
Firearms2%
Criminal damage2%
Other1%

How effective are police stop and searches?

A staggering 64% 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.

April 2016 – March 2017

13% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

April 2015 – March 2016

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

Who is getting searched?

Disproportionality is high in Gloucestershire. In 2016/17, black people were stopped and searched at nearly 12 times the rate of white people (up from 8 in the previous year); people from mixed backgrounds were searched at almost 4 times the rate of whites (slightly down); and Asians were searched at around 1.5 times (similar to the previous year). Chinese and other minority groups were searched at a marginally lower rates than whites (down from marginally higher previously).

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 11.7
White : Asian 1 : 1.5
White : Mixed 1 : 3.6
White : Other 1 : 0.7