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Norfolk Constabulary

About this force

Chief constable Simon Bailey
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 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.

April 2014 – March 2015

The police conducted 9,461 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 0 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
Drugs61%
Stolen property18%
Going equipped12%
Offensive weapons6%
Firearms1%
Criminal damage1%
Other0%

How effective are police stop and searches?

A staggering 61% of all searches in Norfolk are for drugs rather than serious or violent crime. This is one of the highest figures in the country but the average for forces in the east of England.

April 2015 – March 2016

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

April 2014 – March 2015

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

Who is getting searched?

Black people were stopped and searched over 8 times the rate of white people; this is up from 7 times in 2014/15 and represents a two-year consecutive increase. People from mixed or Asian backgrounds were searched at approximately double the rate of whites. Those from White, Chinese and 'other' backgrounds were the only groups under-represented in searches.

A total of 45 searches were conducted under section 60 in 2015/16, a power which does not require officers to suspect a person is carrying weapons in order to search them. Of these, 40 were Asian, 4 were white and one was black. None of these searches resulted in any weapons being discovered. In 2014/15, no searches were conducted under this power and this increase took place against intense government scrutiny of this under-regulated power and whilst the majority of forces have reduced their use of it.

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 8.2
White : Asian 1 : 1.6
White : Mixed 1 : 1.9
White : Other 1 : 0.7