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Northamptonshire Police

About this force

Chief constable Simon Edens
Population 1,268,140
Area 914 square miles
Recording stop and account? No

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 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.

April 2014 – March 2015

The police conducted 4,568 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Northamptonshire Police.

This was a reduction of 26% from the previous year.

There were 11 stop and searches under Section 60 Criminal Justice & Public Order Act, a power which doesn’t require individual reasonable suspicion.

This was a reduction of 83% from the previous year.

Stop and account

Northamptonshire Police do not record stop and accounts.

What are searches targeted at?

Target Proportion of searches
Drugs60%
Stolen property16%
Going equipped13%
Offensive weapons5%
Other5%
Criminal damage1%
Firearms1%

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.

April 2015 – March 2016

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

April 2014 – March 2015

12% 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.

Who is getting searched?

Disproportionality increased across Northamptonshire in 2015/16. That year, black people are stopped and searched at 6 times the rate of white people compared 4 times that rate in 2014/15. Searches of mixed people rose from double the rate of whites to just under 3 times that rate. Finally, searches of Asian, Chinese or other ethnicities also rose from being searched at the same level as whites in 2014/15 to double that rate in 2015/16. Only white people are under-represented in searches across Northamptonshire.

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 6.0
White : Asian 1 : 1.9
White : Mixed 1 : 2.9
White : Other 1 : 1.8