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Hampshire Constabulary

About this force

Chief constable Olivia Pinkney
Area 1,600 square miles
Recording stop and account? Yes
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About the PCC in this area

Police & Crime Commissioner Michael Lane (Conservative)
Email address opcc@hampshire.pnn.police.uk
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How many searches do police do?

April 2015 – March 2016

The police conducted 11,118 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Hampshire Constabulary.

This was a reduction of 40% 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 18,589 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Hampshire Constabulary.

This was a reduction of 37% from the previous year.

There were 3 stop and searches under Section 60 Criminal Justice & Public Order Act, a power which doesn’t require individual reasonable suspicion.

Stop and account

Hampshire Constabulary record stop and accounts.

Hampshire is one of only nine police forces in England and Wales that record stop and accounts.

In 2013/14, a total of 35,201 recorded stop and accounts where carried out within Hampshire. Of these:

  • 30,269 were of whites
  • 1,213 were of blacks
  • 772 were of Asians
  • 636 were of people from mixed backgrounds
  • 150 were of Chinese people or those from other backgrounds

Black people were subject to an account at 4.1 times the rate of whites, Asians at 0.8 times that rate, mixed people at 1.2 times the rate of whites and those from Chinese or Other backgrounds at 0.4 times the rate of whites.

Hampshire has the highest numbers of stop and accounts of all non-London forces that record these encounters.

What are searches targeted at?

Target Proportion of searches
Drugs66%
Stolen property18%
Going equipped7%
Offensive weapons6%
Firearms1%
Criminal damage1%
Other0%

How effective are police stop and searches?

A staggering 66% of all searches in 2015/16 were for drugs rather than serious or violent crime. These tend to target low-level possession of drugs rather than harder drugs and suppliers.

April 2015 – March 2016

14% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

April 2014 – March 2015

12% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

0% of stop and searches conducted under Section 60 Criminal Justice & Public Order Act lead to an arrest.

Who is getting searched?

Racial disproportionality increased sharply in 2015/16 for the second consecutive year. Black people were stopped and searched at 8 and a half times the rate of white people in 2014/15 (up from 6 in 2014/15) and people from mixed backgrounds were searched at more than double the rate of whites (previously at the same rate as whites). Asians were searched at a marginally higher rate than whites (previously they were searched at lower rate to whites). Only white people and those from Chinese or 'other' backgrounds are under-represented in searches.

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 8.5
White : Asian 1 : 1.1
White : Mixed 1 : 2.3
White : Other 1 : 0.4