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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 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.

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
Drugs72%
Stolen property11%
Offensive weapons8%
Going equipped5%
Firearms2%
Criminal damage1%
Other<1%

How effective are police stop and searches?

A staggering 72% of all searches carried out by this police force's officers were for drugs rather than serious or violent crime in 2017/18, eight percentage points up on the previous year (64% in 2016/17). Most of these are likely to have involved low-level possession of drugs rather than suppliers.

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.

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, despite there being fewer stop and searches. In 2016/17, black people were stopped and searched at just over 13-and-a-half times the rate of white people (up from approximately 12 times in the previous year); people from mixed backgrounds were searched at approximately three times the rate of whites; Asians at twice the rate, and Chinese and other minority groups were searched at marginally lower rates than whites.

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 13.6
White : Asian 1 : 2.1
White : Mixed 1 : 3.1
White : Other 1 : 0.7