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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 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 0.1% 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.

This was a reduction of 89% from the previous year.

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 weapons27%
Stolen property13%
Going equipped9%
Firearms2%
Other1%
Criminal damage1%

How effective are police stop and searches?

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 racial groups, despite a fall in the overall number of recorded stop and searches within the city and nationally.

In 2017/18, black people were searched at almost five times the rate of whites; Asians were searched at almost two-and-a-half times the rate of whites, both increases on the previous year.

Mixed people were searched at two-and-a-half times the rate of whites; it was 3.2 times in the previous year. Those classified as being from Chinese or other ethnicities were searched at little over half the rate of whites.

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 : 4.7
White : Asian 1 : 2.4
White : Mixed 1 : 2.5
White : Other 1 : 0.6