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Lancashire Constabulary

About this force

Area 2,903 square miles
Recording stop and account? No
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About the PCC in this area

Police & Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw (Labour)
Email address info@lancashire-pcc.gov.uk
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How many searches do police do?

April 2018 – March 2019

The police conducted 4,344 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Lancashire Constabulary.

This was an increase of 33% from the previous year.

There were 236 stop and searches under Section 60 Criminal Justice & Public Order Act, a power which doesn’t require individual reasonable suspicion.

This was an increase of 1200% from the previous year.

April 2017 – March 2018

The police conducted 3,266 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Lancashire Constabulary.

This was a reduction of 5% from the previous year.

There were 18 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 3,449 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Lancashire Constabulary.

This was a reduction of 41% 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

Lancashire Constabulary do not record stop and accounts.

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

In 2013/14, a total of 2,101 recorded stop and accounts where carried out. Of these:

  • 1,944 were of whites
  • 11 were of blacks
  • 113 were of Asians
  • 9 were of people from mixed backgrounds
  • 3 were of Chinese people or those from other backgrounds

Black people were subject to an account at 1.4 times the rate of whites, Asians at 0.7 times that rate, mixed people at 0.4 times the rate of whites, and those from Chinese or Other backgrounds were encountered at 0.2 times the rate of whites.

What are searches targeted at?

Target Proportion of searches
Drugs53%
Offensive weapons18%
Going equipped13%
Stolen property12%
Other2%
Criminal damage1%
Firearms1%

How effective are police stop and searches?

Over half of all searches were for drugs rather than for serious and violent crime in Lancashire.

April 2018 – March 2019

15% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

5% of stop and searches conducted under Section 60 Criminal Justice & Public Order Act lead to an arrest.

April 2017 – March 2018

15% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

April 2016 – March 2017

7% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

Who is getting searched?

In 2018/19, black people were stopped and searched at just over four times the rate of white people across Lancashire. People from mixed backgrounds were searched at double the rate of whites, Asians at one and a half times, and only those from Chinese or other ethnic groups have been consistently searched at lower rates than whites.

236 searches were recorded under section 60 in 2018/19, a huge rise on the previous year. Five resulted in arrest, of which two were for carrying offensive weapons.

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 4.2
White : Asian 1 : 1.5
White : Mixed 1 : 2.0
White : Other 1 : 0.2