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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.

Stop and account

Northamptonshire Police do not record stop and accounts.

What are searches targeted at?

Target Proportion of searches
Drugs66%
Going equipped17%
Offensive weapons13%
Stolen property11%
Firearms1%
Other1%
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 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.

Who is getting searched?

Disproportionality is high across Northamptonshire and has been rising in recent years. In 2017/18, black people were stopped and searched at over 9 times the rate of white people. Mixed people are searched at five times the rate of whites. Asians, Chinese and people from other backgrounds are searched at around 3 times the rate of whites.

In 2017/18,  there were 44 recorded searches conducted under section 60, a power which does not require officers to have suspicion in order to search people. Of these 29 were searches of whites, 2 of blacks and 2 were mixed or other.

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 9.4
White : Asian 1 : 2.7
White : Mixed 1 : 5.0
White : Other 1 : 3.2