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Kent Police

About this force

Area 1,443 square miles
Recording stop and account? No
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About the PCC in this area

Police & Crime Commissioner Matthew Scott (Conservative)
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How many searches do police do?

April 2017 – March 2018

The police conducted 6,068 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Kent Police.

This was a reduction of 20% 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 7,990 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Kent Police.

This was a reduction of 15% from the previous year.

There were 1 stop and searches under Section 60 Criminal Justice & Public Order Act, a power which doesn’t require individual reasonable suspicion.

Stop and account

Kent Police do not record stop and accounts.

What are searches targeted at?

Target Proportion of searches
Drugs58%
Stolen property12%
Offensive weapons11%
Other10%
Going equipped7%
Criminal damage1%
Firearms1%

How effective are police stop and searches?

April 2017 – March 2018

23% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

April 2015 – March 2016

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

Who is getting searched?

Disproportionality is high in Kent police. In 2017/18, black people were searched at over 13  times the rate of whites- one of the highest in the country. People from mixed backgrounds were searched at almost 4 times the rate of whites while people from Chinese or 'other' backgrounds were searched at approxiimately 3 times the rate of whites. Asians were searched at just under double the rate of whites.

There were no recorded searches under section 60, a power which does not require officers to have suspicion that a person is carrying weapons in order to search them for such items.

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 13.3
White : Asian 1 : 1.7
White : Mixed 1 : 3.7
White : Other 1 : 3.2