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Leicestershire Constabulary

About this force

Area 965 square miles
Recording stop and account? No
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About the PCC in this area

Police & Crime Commissioner Willy Bach (Labour)
Email address police.commissioner@leicestershire.pnn.police.uk
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How many searches do police do?

April 2016 – March 2017

The police conducted 1,519 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Leicestershire Constabulary.

This was a reduction of 19% from the previous year.

There were 7 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 1,883 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Leicestershire Constabulary.

This was a reduction of 45% from the previous year.

There were 3 stop and searches under Section 60 Criminal Justice & Public Order Act, a power which doesn’t require individual reasonable suspicion.

Stop and account

Leicestershire Constabulary do not record stop and accounts.

What are searches targeted at?

Target Proportion of searches
Drugs59%
Stolen property18%
Offensive weapons13%
Going equipped8%
Other1%
Firearms1%
Criminal damage1%

How effective are police stop and searches?

Most searches conducted by police officers across Leicestershire & Rutland are for drugs rather than more serious or violent crime: in 2015/16, 61% of all searches were for drugs and in 2016/17 it stood at 59%.

April 2016 – March 2017

12% 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?

Racial disproportionality has been stable across Leicestershire & Rutland in recent years, despite the overall reduction in the use of stop and searches. Black are stopped and searched at just over 4 times the rate of white people whilst people from mixed backgrounds are searched at approximately two and a half times that rate. Asians are searched at just under the same rate as whites whereas those from Chinese or other backgrounds are searched at significantly lower rates than whites.

In 2016/17, there were 6 recorded searches conducted under section 60, a power that does not require officers to suspect a person is carrying a weapon in order to search them. Of these, 6 were white and 1 was not stated.

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 4.3
White : Asian 1 : 0.7
White : Mixed 1 : 2.3
White : Other 1 : 0.3