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Greater Manchester Police

About this force

Area 500 square miles
Recording stop and account? No
Force website Visit website

About the PCC in this area

Police & Crime Commissioner Rt Hon. Andy Burnham (Mayor) - Baroness Beverley Hughes (Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime) (Labour)
Email address info@gmpcc.org.uk
PCC website Visit website

How many searches do police do?

April 2018 – March 2019

The police conducted 4,827 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Greater Manchester Police.

This was an increase of 84% from the previous year.

There were 1 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 2,623 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Greater Manchester Police.

This was a reduction of 7% from the previous year.

There were 1 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 2,820 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Greater Manchester Police.

This was a reduction of 43% from the previous year.

There were 9 stop and searches under Section 60 Criminal Justice & Public Order Act, a power which doesn’t require individual reasonable suspicion.

This was an increase of 125% from the previous year.

April 2015 – March 2016

The police conducted 4,967 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Greater Manchester Police.

This was a reduction of 64% from the previous year.

There were 4 stop and searches under Section 60 Criminal Justice & Public Order Act, a power which doesn’t require individual reasonable suspicion.

Stop and account

Greater Manchester Police do not record stop and accounts.

What are searches targeted at?

Target Proportion of searches
Drugs47%
Offensive weapons21%
Going equipped15%
Stolen property13%
Other1%
Criminal damage1%
Firearms1%

How effective are police stop and searches?

April 2018 – March 2019

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

0% of stop and searches conducted under Section 60 Criminal Justice & Public Order Act lead to an arrest.

April 2017 – March 2018

11% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

0% of stop and searches conducted under Section 60 Criminal Justice & Public Order Act lead to an arrest.

April 2016 – March 2017

6% 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 has continued creeping upwards in Greater Manchester for some ethnic minority groups.

In 2018/19, black people were searched at just nearly seven times the rate of whites, an increase on the previous year (5.2 in 2017/18). Mixed people were searched at just over twice the rate of whites, Asians were searched at almost twice the rate of whites, and those classified as being from Chinese or other ethnicities were underrepresented in searches compared with whites.

Like last year, only a single search was conducted under section 60, a power that does not require officers to suspect people of criminality before detaining them for a search. Previously, nine searches were recorded under this power.

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 6.8
White : Asian 1 : 1.8
White : Mixed 1 : 2.3
White : Other 1 : 0.9