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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 2018 – March 2019

The police conducted 573 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Gloucestershire Constabulary.

This was a reduction of 68% 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 1,772 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Gloucestershire Constabulary.

This was a reduction of 3% 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 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.

Stop and account

Gloucestershire Constabulary do not record stop and accounts.

What are searches targeted at?

Target Proportion of searches
Drugs83%
Stolen property8%
Offensive weapons3%
Firearms3%
Going equipped2%
Criminal damage1%
Other<1%

How effective are police stop and searches?

Four out of every five searches (82.9%) carried out by Gloucestershire's police officers in 2018/19 are for drugs, instead of being directed at more serious or violent crime. Research suggests that most of these are likely to have detected low-level possession of drugs (mainly small quantities of cannabis) rather than suppliers or more suppliers.

April 2018 – March 2019

19% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

April 2017 – March 2018

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

April 2016 – March 2017

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

Who is getting searched?

Racial disproportionality for black and Asian people across Gloucestershire is high. In 2018/19, they were searched at 12 and 13.5 times the rate of white people across the force's area respectively. Caution is required in interpreting the disparties for the other group as the numbers are too small to be meaningful by itself (see ratios below).

There was no recorded use of section 60 in 2018/19. Section 60 is a power that does not require officers to have suspicion that a person is carrying weapons in order to search them for those items.

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 12.3
White : Asian 1 : 1.0
White : Mixed 1 : 13.5
White : Other 1 : 0.2