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Surrey Police

About this force

Chief constable Nick Ephgrave
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 N/A% 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.

April 2014 – March 2015

The police conducted 11,081 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Surrey 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.

Stop and account

Surrey Police do not record stop and accounts.

What are searches targeted at?

Target Proportion of searches
Drugs68%
Going equipped15%
Offensive weapons11%
Stolen property5%
Criminal damage1%
Other<1%
Firearms<2%

How effective are police stop and searches?

A staggering 73% in 2015/16 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 figure is the second highest of all forces in England and Wales after Dyfed Powys.

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.

April 2014 – March 2015

17% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

Who is getting searched?

In Surrey, black people were stopped and searched at almost eight times the rate of white people in 2017/18, whilst people from mixed backgrounds were searched at almost twice the rate of whites. Asians were searched at nearly three times the rate of whites. Only people from white and Chinese or other ethnicities were under-represented in searches across the constabulary.

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 7.9
White : Asian 1 : 2.7
White : Mixed 1 : 2.2
White : Other 1 : 0.3