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Norfolk Constabulary

About this force

Area 3,337 square miles
Recording stop and account? Yes
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About the PCC in this area

Police & Crime Commissioner Lorne Green (Conservative)
Email address OPCCN@norfolk.pnn.police.uk
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How many searches do police do?

April 2016 – March 2017

The police conducted 3,843 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Norfolk Constabulary.

This was a reduction of 29% 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 2015 – March 2016

The police conducted 5,838 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Norfolk Constabulary.

This was a reduction of 43% from the previous year.

There were 45 stop and searches under Section 60 Criminal Justice & Public Order Act, a power which doesn’t require individual reasonable suspicion.

Stop and account

Norfolk Constabulary record stop and accounts.

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

In 2013/14, a total of 22,340 recorded stop and accounts where carried out across the force. Of these:

  • 20,868 were of whites
  • 494 were of blacks
  • 526 were of Asians
  • 256 were of people from mixed backgrounds
  • 96 were of Chinese people or those from other backgrounds

This means that blacks were encountered at 4.3 times the rate of whites, Asians at 2.1 times that rate, mixed people at the same rate as whites, and those from Chinese or Other backgrounds were accounted at 0.7 times the rate of whites.

What are searches targeted at?

Target Proportion of searches
Drugs66%
Stolen property14%
Going equipped10%
Offensive weapons7%
Criminal damage2%
Firearms1%
Other<1%

How effective are police stop and searches?

A staggering 66% of all searches in Norfolk are for drugs rather than serious or violent crime, up from 61% previously. This is one of the highest figures in the country and above average for forces in the east of England.

April 2016 – March 2017

5% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

April 2015 – March 2016

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

Who is getting searched?

Disproportionality is high in Norfolk, particularly for black people which has risen for three consecutive years. In 2016/17, black people were stopped and searched at over 12 and a half times the rate of white people (up from 8 times previously). People from mixed backgrounds were searched at over 3 times the rate of whites (up from twice the rate of whites previously), Asians were searched at almost 1.5 times the rate of whites (down from double the rate of whites). People from Chinese and 'other' backgrounds were the only groups searched below the rate of whites, and white people were under-represented in searches.

There were only 2 searches under section 60 in 2016/17, a power which does not require officers to suspect a person is carrying weapons in order to search them for those items. In 2015/16, there were 45 searches conducted under this power.

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 12.5
White : Asian 1 : 1.4
White : Mixed 1 : 3.2
White : Other 1 : 0.3