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Nottinghamshire Police

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About this force

Area 800 square miles
Recording stop and account? No
Force website Visit website

About the PCC in this area

Police & Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping (Labour)
Email address nopcc@nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk
PCC website Visit website
Key statements on stop and search

​“Ensure Stop and Search transparency and proportionality”

How many searches do police do?

April 2017 – March 2018

The police conducted 1,908 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Nottinghamshire Police.

This was a reduction of 1% 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 1,937 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Nottinghamshire Police.

This was a reduction of 27% 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 2015 – March 2016

The police conducted 2,667 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Nottinghamshire Police.

This was a reduction of 36% from the previous year.

There were 2 stop and searches under Section 60 Criminal Justice & Public Order Act, a power which doesn’t require individual reasonable suspicion.

Stop and account

Nottinghamshire Police do not record stop and accounts.

What are searches targeted at?

Target Proportion of searches
Drugs59%
Offensive weapons18%
Going equipped14%
Stolen property7%
Firearms1%
Criminal damage1%
Other0%

How effective are police stop and searches?

Despite a decrease of 11 percentage points on the previous financial year, the vast majority (59%) of all searches conducted by Nottinghamshire police officers in 2017/18 were for drugs.

April 2017 – March 2018

16% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

April 2016 – March 2017

13% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

April 2015 – March 2016

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

Who is getting searched?

Disproportionality across Nottinghamshire is high and has risen substantially in recent years, particularly for black or mixed people, and despite reductions in the overall use of stop and searches in the region.

In 2017/18, black people were stopped and searched at almost nine times the rate of white people (up from eight in 2016/17, and from five times in the financial year before that). The rate of Asians searched also increased on 2016/17, from double to nearly thrice times the rate of whites.

Although down on the previous financial year (five times more often than whites in 2016/17), people of mixed backgrounds were still searched at almost four times the rate of whites. In previous years, Chinese or other ethnicities had consistently been searched at marginally lower rates than whites, but 2017/18 saw them become more likely to be stopped and searched than their white counterparts (1.3 times more searches).

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 8.7
White : Asian 1 : 3.1
White : Mixed 1 : 3.9
White : Other 1 : 1.3

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