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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 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
Drugs64%
Stolen property15%
Going equipped8%
Offensive weapons8%
Other3%
Criminal damage1%
Firearms1%

How effective are police stop and searches?

A staggering 64% 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

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?

People from Chinese or 'other' backgrounds were searched at 15 times the rate of whites across Kent in 2015/16 (down from 16 in 2014/15). Black people were searched at almost 9 times the rate of whites (up from 6) and mixed people were searched at double the rate of whites (up from one and a half times the rate of whites). As with the previous year, Asians were searched at the same rate as whites as both of these groups were under-represented in searches across Kent.

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 6.1
White : Asian 1 : 1.0
White : Mixed 1 : 1.5
White : Other 1 : 16.0