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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 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
Drugs55%
Stolen property17%
Offensive weapons14%
Going equipped9%
Other3%
Firearms1%
Criminal damage1%

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 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 2017/18, black people were stopped and searched at almost four-and-a-half times the rate of white people across Lancashire.  People from Asian or mixed backgrounds were searched at double the rate of whites. These are increases when compared to the previous year. Only those from Chinese or other ethnic groups have been consistently searched at lower rates than whites.

Eighteen searches were recorded under section 60, a power that does not require officers to have reasonable suspicion to believe that a person is carrying weapons in order to search them for such items. Of these, 17 were white and one was black.

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 4.3
White : Asian 1 : 2.0
White : Mixed 1 : 2.0
White : Other 1 : 0.4