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Staffordshire Police

About this force

Area 2,713 square miles
Recording stop and account? No

About the PCC in this area

Police & Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis (Conservative)
Email address pcc@staffordshire.pcc.pnn.gov.uk
PCC website Visit website

How many searches do police do?

April 2017 – March 2018

The police conducted 3,812 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Staffordshire Police.

This was a reduction of 13% from the previous year.

There were 6 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 4,375 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Staffordshire Police.

This was an increase of 4% 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

Staffordshire Police do not record stop and accounts.

What are searches targeted at?

Target Proportion of searches
Drugs61%
Stolen property14%
Offensive weapons12%
Going equipped8%
Firearms2%
Other1%
Criminal damage<1%

How effective are police stop and searches?

Two-third (60%) of all recorded searches in Staffordshire are for drugs rather than serious or violent crime. Drugs searches has been consistently around this figure in recent years.

April 2017 – March 2018

17% 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.

April 2016 – March 2017

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

Who is getting searched?

Racial disproportionality has risen substantially in Staffordshire in recent years, particularly for black people. In 2017/18, people from black ethnicities were searched at 12 times the rate of whites (a slight increase on the previous year). People from Mixed or Asian ethnicities were searched a round four and a half times that of whites. Those from Chinese or other ethnicities were searched at almost one and a half times the rate of whites.

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 12.0
White : Asian 1 : 4.4
White : Mixed 1 : 4.8
White : Other 1 : 1.4