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Nottinghamshire Police

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About this force

Chief constable Susannah Fish
Area 800 square miles
Recording stop and account? No

About the PCC in this area

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

​“Ensure Stop and Search transparency and proportionality”

How many searches do police do?

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.

April 2014 – March 2015

The police conducted 4,166 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Nottinghamshire Police.

This was a reduction of 26% 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

Nottinghamshire Police do not record stop and accounts.

What are searches targeted at?

Target Proportion of searches
Drugs64%
Going equipped15%
Offensive weapons9%
Stolen property9%
Other4%
Criminal damage1%
Firearms1%

How effective are police stop and searches?

64% of all searches conducted by officers in Nottinghamshire in 2015/16 were for drugs rather than more serious or violent crime. This is also one of the highest figure among police forces within the East and West Midlands.

April 2015 – March 2016

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

April 2014 – March 2015

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

Who is getting searched?

Disproportionality has risen for all ethnic minority groups across Nottinghamshire. In 2015/16, black people were stopped and searched at approximately 5 times the rate of white people compared to just over 4 times that in 2014/15. People of Mixed background were searched almost three times the rate of white people compared to twice the rate previously. Asians were searched at over double the rate of white whereas they were search as the same rate as whites in 2014/15. People from Chinese or other ethnicities are the only group to be searched at the approximately the same rate as white people although the figure had risen marginally. White people are the only group to be under-represented in searches across Nottinghamshire.

Nottinghamshire does not tend to use 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. However, in 2015/16, there were 2 searches under this power and both of which were of white people. One of these encounters resulted in an arrest and for reasons not related to a weapon been found.

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 4.9
White : Asian 1 : 2.2
White : Mixed 1 : 2.7
White : Other 1 : 1.1

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