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Greater Manchester Police

About this force

Area 500 square miles
Recording stop and account? No
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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
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How many searches do police do?

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.

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
Drugs54%
Stolen property15%
Going equipped15%
Offensive weapons13%
Criminal damage2%
Other1%
Firearms1%

How effective are police stop and searches?

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?

Disporportionality has increased in Greater Manchester despite a fall in the overall number of recorded stop and searches within the city and nationally. In 2016/17, black people were searched at just over four times the rate of whites and mixed people were searched at more than three times the rate of whites; previously, both groups were searched at three times the rate of whites. People from Asian backgrounds were searched at just over double the rate of whites whereas, in the previous year, it was lower than this figure. Chinese or people from other ethnicities also rose although they are still the only groups to be searched at a lower rates than whites.

There were only 9 searches conducted under section 60, a power that does not require officers to suspect people of criminality before detaining them for a search. Previously, there were four searches recorded under this power.

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 4.1
White : Asian 1 : 2.1
White : Mixed 1 : 3.2
White : Other 1 : 0.7