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Hertfordshire Constabulary

About this force

Area 632 square miles
Recording stop and account? No
Force website Visit website

About the PCC in this area

Police & Crime Commissioner David Lloyd (Conservative)
Email address commissioner@herts.pnn.police.uk
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How many searches do police do?

April 2017 – March 2018

The police conducted 6,813 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Hertfordshire Constabulary.

This was a reduction of 9% from the previous year.

There were 24 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 7,450 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Hertfordshire Constabulary.

This was a reduction of 9% 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 2015 – March 2016

The police conducted 8,189 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Hertfordshire Constabulary.

This was a reduction of 28% 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

Hertfordshire Constabulary do not record stop and accounts.

The Hertfordshire Constabulary no longer record stop and account. The last available data showed that black people were stopped at a rate of 2.5 of white people across Hertfordshire (2008-09).

What are searches targeted at?

Target Proportion of searches
Drugs52%
Stolen property19%
Going equipped16%
Offensive weapons12%
Other<1%
Criminal damage0%
Firearms<1%

How effective are police stop and searches?

The majority of searches (52%) conducted in 2017/18 in Hertfordshire were for drugs rather than serious or violent crime. These searches also tend to target low-level cannabis possession rather than drugs suppliers.

April 2017 – March 2018

19% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

8% of stop and searches conducted under Section 60 Criminal Justice & Public Order Act lead to an arrest.

April 2016 – March 2017

16% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

April 2015 – March 2016

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

Who is getting searched?

In 2017/18, black people were searched at approximately five times the rate of whites in Hertfordshire Constabulary. Asians were searched at just over twice the rate of whites, and those from mixed backgrounds were searched at just under twice the rate. People from Chinese and 'other' ethnic backgrounds were searched at half the rate.

There were 24 searches were conducted under section 60 in 2016/17, a power that does not require officers to have any suspicion that a person is carrying weapons in order to search them for those items. Two resulted in arrest.

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 5.1
White : Asian 1 : 2.2
White : Mixed 1 : 1.9
White : Other 1 : 0.5