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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 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.

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
Drugs66%
Other20%
Stolen property4%
Going equipped4%
Offensive weapons3%
Firearms2%
Criminal damage<1%

How effective are police stop and searches?

Over two-thirds of all searches conducted by Gwent's police officers were for drugs (66 in 2017/18 and 61% in 2016/17) rather than serious or violent crime. Research suggests that these searches tend to target low-level drugs- mainly small possession of cannabis- rather than suppliers or 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.

Who is getting searched?

Caution is required when interpreting the racial disproportionality figures quoted at the bottom of this page. This is due to the small volume of recorded searches in Gwent making it difficult to interpret the figures without more information. Figures produced by the force show that of the 960 searches conducted in 2017/18, 626 were of white people, 28 were Asian, 10 were black, 0 were mixed, and 3 were Chinese or from other backgrounds.

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 : 2.7
White : Mixed 0
White : Other 1 : 0.8