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Surrey Police

About this force

Area 1,033 square miles
Recording stop and account? No
Force website Visit website

About the PCC in this area

Police & Crime Commissioner David Munro (Conservative)
Email address SurreyPCC@surrey.police.uk
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How many searches do police do?

April 2017 – March 2018

The police conducted 5,275 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Surrey Police.

This was an increase of 18% 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 2015 – March 2016

The police conducted 6,211 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Surrey Police.

This was a reduction of 44% from the previous year.

There were 20 stop and searches under Section 60 Criminal Justice & Public Order Act, a power which doesn’t require individual reasonable suspicion.

Stop and account

Surrey Police do not record stop and accounts.

What are searches targeted at?

Target Proportion of searches
Drugs73%
Going equipped13%
Offensive weapons8%
Stolen property4%
Other1%
Criminal damage1%
Firearms1%

How effective are police stop and searches?

A staggering 73% of searches in 2017/18 were for drugs rather than serious or violent crime. These tend to target low-level possession of drugs rather than harder drugs and suppliers. This is one of the highest figures in the country.

Also, Surrey police increased its use of stop and search in 2017 whereas most other forces reduced it in line with national government reforms.

April 2017 – March 2018

11% 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 2015 – March 2016

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

Who is getting searched?

Racial disproportionality is high across Surrey. In 2017/18, black people were searched at eight times the rate of white people. Those from mixed backgrounds were searched at three times the rate of whites while Asians were searched at almost double the rate of whites. Only people from white and Chinese or other ethnicities were searched below the rate of white people across the police force area.

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 8.0
White : Asian 1 : 1.8
White : Mixed 1 : 3.0
White : Other 1 : 0.7