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Gwent Police

About this force

Chief constable Jeff Farrar
Area 600 square miles
Recording stop and account? No
Force website Visit website

About the PCC in this area

Police & Crime Commissioner Jeff Cuthbert (Labour)
Email address commissioner@gwent.pnn.police.uk
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How many searches do police do?

April 2015 – March 2016

The police conducted 1,183 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Gwent Police.

This was a reduction of 48% 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 2014 – March 2015

The police conducted 2,268 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Gwent Police.

This was a reduction of 46% 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

Gwent Police do not record stop and accounts.

The Gwent Police no longer record stop and account. The last available data showed that black people were stopped at a rate of 5.2 that of white people in Gwent (2008-09).

What are searches targeted at?

Target Proportion of searches
Drugs61%
Stolen property18%
Other8%
Going equipped7%
Offensive weapons5%
Firearms1%
Criminal damage0%

How effective are police stop and searches?

A staggering 61% of all searches conducted by Gwent's police officers are for drugs rather than serious or violent crime. Such activity tends to target low-level possession of drugs rather than targeting suppliers or harder drugs.

April 2015 – March 2016

8% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

April 2014 – March 2015

9% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

Who is getting searched?

In 2015/16, mixed people were searched at five times the rate of white people compared to double the rate of whites in 2014/15. However, black people and Asians were searched at over one and a half times the rate of white people (down from four times the rate of white people for blacks and double the rate of whites for Asians in 2014/15). People from Chinese or 'other' backgrounds were searched at just over half the rate of white people (down from a marginally higher rates than whites previously).

There were no recorded section 60 searches in 2015/16, similar to previous years. Section 60 is a power that does not require officers to have suspicion to believe that a person is carrying weapons in order to search them.

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 1.7
White : Asian 1 : 1.6
White : Mixed 1 : 5.0
White : Other 1 : 0.6