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Northamptonshire Police

About this force

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
PCC website Visit website

How many searches do police do?

April 2018 – March 2019

The police conducted 2,305 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Northamptonshire Police.

This was an increase of 78% from the previous year.

There were 16 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 1,295 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Northamptonshire Police.

This was an increase of 3% from the previous year.

There were 44 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 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.

Stop and account

Northamptonshire Police do not record stop and accounts.

What are searches targeted at?

Target Proportion of searches
Drugs71%
Offensive weapons10%
Going equipped8%
Stolen property7%
Other3%
Firearms1%
Criminal damage<1%

How effective are police stop and searches?

Most searches (71%) conducted by police officers in Northamptonshire are for drugs rather than more serious or violent crime.

April 2018 – March 2019

19% 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 2017 – March 2018

20% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

1% of stop and searches conducted under Section 60 Criminal Justice & Public Order Act lead to an arrest.

April 2016 – March 2017

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

Who is getting searched?

Disproportionality is high across Northamptonshire. In 2018/19, black people were stopped and searched at almost nine times the rate of white people. People of mixed backgrounds are searched at almost eight times the rate of whites, Asians twice so, and Chinese and people from other backgrounds are searched at half the rate of whites.

In 2018/19, there were 16 recorded searches conducted under section 60, a power which does not require officers to have suspicion in order to search people. No one was arrested under the power.

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 8.7
White : Asian 1 : 2.1
White : Mixed 1 : 7.9
White : Other 1 : 0.5