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Northumbria Police

About this focus area

StopWatch is working with local youth groups and charities in Wellingborough as part of an advocacy programme designed to empower young people to address their concerns on policing. Northumbria had the second highest number of searches, or the highest outside of London, in 2013/14 as outlined below.

About this force

Area 2,000 square miles
Recording stop and account? No
Force website Visit website

About the PCC in this area

Police & Crime Commissioner Vera Baird (Labour)
Email address enquiries@northumbria-pcc.gov.uk
PCC website Visit website

How many searches do police do?

April 2017 – March 2018

The police conducted 2,893 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Northumbria Police.

This was a reduction of 22% 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 2016 – March 2017

The police conducted 3,718 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Northumbria Police.

This was a reduction of 48% 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

Northumbria Police do not record stop and accounts.

What are searches targeted at?

Target Proportion of searches
Drugs47%
Offensive weapons20%
Stolen property20%
Going equipped10%
Other1%
Firearms1%
Criminal damage0%

How effective are police stop and searches?

April 2017 – March 2018

18% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

April 2016 – March 2017

11% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

Who is getting searched?

In 2017/18, black people were searched at five times the rate of white people across  Northumbria (a slight increase on the previous year). Asians were searched at double the rate of whites and people  from mixed backgrounds were searched at approximately the same rate as whites. Only people from 'Chinese or other' backgrounds are searched at lower rates.

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 5.0
White : Asian 1 : 2.2
White : Mixed 1 : 1.2
White : Other 1 : 0.2

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