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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 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.

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
Drugs66%
Offensive weapons16%
Stolen property9%
Going equipped6%
Other2%
Firearms1%
Criminal damage0%

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 the last two financial years, police conducted approximately two-thirds of all searches for drugs.

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.

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.

Northamptonshire experienced a slight rise in the overall use of stop and search in 2017/18. Within this, black people were stopped and searched slightly less than the previous financial year, but still at a staggering 8.6 times the rate of white people (it was 9.5 in 2016/17), and people from Asian and mixed backgrounds were searched at almost three and four times the rate of whites respectively. Northamptonshire was also one of the few constabularies were even people from Chinese or other ethnicities are searched at higher rates than whites (nearly twice).

There was also a huge leap in the recorded use of section 60 on the previous year from one search in 2016/17 to 44 in 2017/18. Only one arrest was made.

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 8.6
White : Asian 1 : 3.1
White : Mixed 1 : 3.9
White : Other 1 : 1.9