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Kent Police

About this force

Chief constable Alan Pughsley
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 an increase of N/A% 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.

April 2014 – March 2015

The police conducted 9,401 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Kent Police.

This was an increase of 4% from the previous year.

There were 6 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
Other47%
Drugs34%
Stolen property9%
Offensive weapons7%
Going equipped3%
Firearms1%
Criminal damage0%

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.

April 2014 – March 2015

13% 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 nearly 12.5 times the rate of whites in Kent. Those from mixed backgrounds were nearly three times as likely to be stopped and searched as their white counterparts, and Asians at little over two-and-a-half times. Kent police was one of few constabularies were those from Chinese or 'other' backgrounds were more likely to be searched than whites (almost one-and-a-half times).

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 12.4
White : Asian 1 : 2.6
White : Mixed 1 : 2.9
White : Other 1 : 1.4