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Leicestershire Constabulary

About this force

Chief constable Simon Cole
Area 965 square miles
Recording stop and account? No
Force website Visit website

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 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.

April 2014 – March 2015

The police conducted 3,410 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Leicestershire Constabulary.

This was a reduction of 26% from the previous year.

There were 11 stop and searches under Section 60 Criminal Justice & Public Order Act, a power which doesn’t require individual reasonable suspicion.

This was a reduction of 54% from the previous year.

Stop and account

Leicestershire Constabulary do not record stop and accounts.

What are searches targeted at?

Target Proportion of searches
Drugs61%
Stolen property19%
Going equipped10%
Offensive weapons8%
Other1%
Criminal damage1%
Firearms1%

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.

April 2015 – March 2016

16% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

April 2014 – March 2015

12% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

0% of stop and searches conducted under Section 60 Criminal Justice & Public Order Act lead to an arrest.

Who is getting searched?

Black are stopped and searched at over 4 times the rate of white people in Leicestershire whilst people from mixed backgrounds are searched at approximately two and a half times that rate. Asians are searched at just over the same rate as whites whereas those from Chinese or other backgrounds are the only groups underrepresented in searches.

There were 3 recorded searches 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, 1 was white, 1 was black and another person was Asian. None of these resulted in an arrest.

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 4.4
White : Asian 1 : 1.3
White : Mixed 1 : 2.3
White : Other 1 : 0.4