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Gloucestershire Constabulary

About this force

Chief constable Suzette Davenport
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 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.

April 2014 – March 2015

The police conducted 2,714 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Gloucestershire Constabulary.

This was a reduction of 40% 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 property15%
Going equipped10%
Offensive weapons9%
Firearms2%
Criminal damage1%
Other0%

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. This figure is one of the highest in the country.

April 2015 – March 2016

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

April 2014 – March 2015

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

Who is getting searched?

Disproportionality is high in Gloucestershire. In 2015/16, black people were stopped and searched at nearly 8 times the rate of white people (up from 6 in 2014/15) and people from mixed backgrounds were searched at over 4 times the rate of whites (up from 3). Asians were searched at one and a half times the rate of whites (up from previously being searched at the same rate as whites) and, similar to the previous year, Chinese and other minority groups were searched at a marginally higher rate than whites. Only white people are under-represented in searches across Gloucestershire.

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 7.8
White : Asian 1 : 1.5
White : Mixed 1 : 4.2
White : Other 1 : 1.1