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Northamptonshire Police

About this force

Population 1,268,140
Area 914 square miles
Recording stop and account? No
Force website Visit website

About the PCC in this area

Police & Crime Commissioner Stephen Mold (Conservative)
Email address commissioner@northantspcc.pnn.police.uk
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How many searches do police do?

April 2016 – March 2017

The police conducted 1,254 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Northamptonshire Police.

This was a reduction of 33% 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.

April 2015 – March 2016

The police conducted 1,859 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Northamptonshire Police.

This was a reduction of 59% 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

Northamptonshire Police do not record stop and accounts.

What are searches targeted at?

Target Proportion of searches
Drugs65%
Stolen property12%
Going equipped10%
Offensive weapons9%
Other2%
Firearms1%
Criminal damage<1%

How effective are police stop and searches?

Most searches conducted by police officers in Northamptonshire are for drugs rather than more serious or violent crime. In 2015/16, 60% of all searches were for drugs and this rose to 65% in 2016/17.

April 2016 – March 2017

14% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

April 2015 – March 2016

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

Who is getting searched?

Disproportionality is high across Northamptonshire and has been rising in recent years, despite its small population size and reductions in the overall use of stop and searches. In 2016/17, black people are stopped and searched at a staggering 9.5 times the rate of white people (up from 6 times in the previous year of 2015/16) and people from mixed backgrounds were searched at 3.5 times the rate of whites (up from 3 previously). Asians were searched at double the rate of whites (up from the same rate as whites) and people from Chinese or other ethnicities are searched at marginally higher rates than whites.

There was only one recorded use of section 60 in 2016/17, a power that does not require officers to have reasonable suspicion to believe that a person is carrying weapons in order to search them for those items.

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 9.5
White : Asian 1 : 2.0
White : Mixed 1 : 3.5
White : Other 1 : 1.2