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Gwent Police

About this force

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
PCC website Visit website

How many searches do police do?

April 2017 – March 2018

The police conducted 960 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Gwent Police.

This was a reduction of 43% 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 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
Drugs58%
Other23%
Offensive weapons8%
Firearms7%
Stolen property4%
Going equipped0%
Criminal damage0%

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 2017 – March 2018

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

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?

There was a low number of stop and searches in Gwent, nevertheless disproportionality persisted in 2017/18. Black people and those from mixed backgrounds were searched to the tune of nearly and just over three times the rate of whites, respectively.

However, those from Chinese or other backgrounds were searched at just under half the rate of whites.

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 : 2.8
White : Asian 1 : 3.3
White : Mixed N/A
White : Other 1 : 0.4