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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 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
Drugs73%
Stolen property14%
Going equipped5%
Offensive weapons5%
Other1%
Criminal damage1%
Firearms0%

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 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?

Racial disproportionality has increased in Surrey. Black people were stopped and searched at almost 9 times the rate of white people across Surrey in 2015/16 (up from 6 times in 2014/15) whilst people from mixed backgrounds were searched at two and a half times the rate of whites (up from almost double previously). Asians were searched at double the rate of whites haing previously been searched at a lower rate than whites. Only people from white and Chinese or other ethnicities were under-represented in searches.

There were 20 searches conducted under section 60 in 2015/16, a power that does not require officers to suspect a person of carrying weapons in order to search them for such items. Of these 16 were white and the ethnicity of the remaining 4 was not recorded. Only 1 of these resulted in an arrest and for reasons not related to any weapons being found.

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 8.6
White : Asian 1 : 1.7
White : Mixed 1 : 2.5
White : Other 1 : 0.5