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Greater Manchester Police

About this force

Chief constable Ian Hopkins
Area 500 square miles
Recording stop and account? No
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About the PCC in this area

Police & Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd (Labour)
Email address info@gmpcc.org.uk
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How many searches do police do?

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.

April 2014 – March 2015

The police conducted 13,928 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Greater Manchester Police.

This was a reduction of 50% from the previous year.

There were 22 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 76% from the previous year.

Stop and account

Greater Manchester Police do not record stop and accounts.

What are searches targeted at?

Target Proportion of searches
Drugs53%
Stolen property24%
Going equipped14%
Offensive weapons6%
Other2%
Criminal damage1%
Firearms0%

How effective are police stop and searches?

April 2015 – March 2016

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

April 2014 – March 2015

8% 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.

Who is getting searched?

In 2015/16, black people and those from mixed backgrounds were stopped and searched at approximately three times the rate of white people across Greater Manchester whilst Asians were stopped and searched at almost double the rate of whites. Chinese or people from other ethnicities were under-represented in searches and searched at just over half the rate of whites.

There were only 4 searches conducted under section 60, a power that does not require officers to have suspicion before detaining a person for a search. Of these, 3 were white and one black.

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 3.0
White : Asian 1 : 1.7
White : Mixed 1 : 2.7
White : Other 1 : 0.6