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Lincolnshire Police

About this force

Area 2,284 square miles
Recording stop and account? Yes
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About the PCC in this area

Police & Crime Commissioner Marc Jones (Conservative)
Email address lincolnshire-pcc@lincs.pnn.police.uk
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How many searches do police do?

April 2018 – March 2019

The police conducted 2,786 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Lincolnshire Police.

This was an increase of 32% 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.

April 2017 – March 2018

The police conducted 2,114 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Lincolnshire Police.

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

There were 2 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 2,601 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Lincolnshire Police.

This was a reduction of 29% 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.

This was a reduction of 99% from the previous year.

Stop and account

Lincolnshire Police record stop and accounts.

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

In 2013/14, a total of 1,314 recorded stop and accounts where carried out across Lincolnshire. Of these:

  • 1,257 were of whites
  • 8 were of blacks
  • 6 were of Asians
  • 8 were of people from mixed backgrounds
  • 1 was of someone from a Chinese or other background

The numbers of accounts of those from non-white backgrounds are too low to provide any meaningful figures on stop and account disproportionality.

What are searches targeted at?

Target Proportion of searches
Drugs68%
Going equipped13%
Offensive weapons9%
Stolen property4%
Other4%
Criminal damage1%
Firearms1%

How effective are police stop and searches?

In 2018/19, most searches across Lincolnshire is for drugs (68%) rather than more serious crimes, four percentage points on the previous year.

April 2018 – March 2019

17% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

April 2017 – March 2018

15% 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.

April 2016 – March 2017

12% 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 about seven and a half times the rate of white people across Lincolnshire, and people from mixed backgrounds were searched at almost seven times the rate of whites. Asians were searched at just under twice the rate of whites, and those from Chinese or 'other' ethnicities were searched at half the rate of whites.

There were no 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.

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 7.6
White : Asian 1 : 1.7
White : Mixed 1 : 6.8
White : Other 1 : 0.5