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Gwent Police

About this force

Area 600 square miles
Recording stop and account? No
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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 2016 – March 2017

The police conducted 1,698 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Gwent Police.

This was an increase of 44% 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
Drugs63%
Stolen property11%
Going equipped11%
Other6%
Offensive weapons5%
Criminal damage2%
Firearms1%

How effective are police stop and searches?

A staggering 63% of all searches conducted by Gwent's police officers in 2016/17 were for drugs rather than serious or violent crime (up from 61% previously). Such activity tends to target low-level possession of drugs rather than suppliers, and primarly detects cannabis rather than harder drugs.

April 2016 – March 2017

14% 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?

Racial disproportionality is high across Gwent, despite an overall reduction in the total number of searches across Gwent in 2016/17. People from mixed backgrounds were searched at almost four times the rate of whites (down from almost 5 times in the previous year). People from black and Asian backgrounds were searched at approximately three times the rate of whites (both up from around one and a half times previously). However, those from Chinese or other backgrounds were searched at marginally lower rates than whites, although this figure is based on only 7 searches of people from this group and so should be treated with caution.

There were no recorded section 60 searches, 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 for those items.

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