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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 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
Drugs70%
Offensive weapons11%
Going equipped11%
Stolen property5%
Firearms2%
Other1%
Criminal damage<1%

How effective are police stop and searches?

A staggering 70% of all searches conducted by Nottinghamshire police officers in 2016/17 was for drugs were for drugs rather than more serious or violent crime (up from an already high figure of 64% in the previous year). This makes Nottinghamshire Police the highest searching force for drugs of all of the eight forces in the East Midlands and West Midlands.

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 a reduction in the overall use of stop and searches. In 2016/17, black people were stopped and searched at a staggering 8 times the rate of white people (compared to 5 times in the previous year and 4 times before then). People of mixed backgrounds were searched at almost 5 times the rate of whites (also up from 3 times previously and double two years ago). Searches of Asians has been consistently more than double the rate of whites and people from Chinese or other ethnicities are consistently searched at marginally lower rates than whites.

There were 15 recorded uses of section 60, a power that does not require officers to have reasonable suspicion that a person is carrying a weapon in order to search them for such items. Of these 3 were white, 3 black, 3 Asians, 1 was mixed and the remaining were either unstated or of vehicles only. Nottinghamshire tends to be a low user of section 60.

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 8.1
White : Asian 1 : 2.3
White : Mixed 1 : 4.8
White : Other 1 : 0.9

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