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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
PCC website Visit website

How many searches do police do?

April 2018 – March 2019

The police conducted 6,017 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Surrey Police.

This was an increase of 14% from the previous year.

There were 46 stop and searches under Section 60 Criminal Justice & Public Order Act, a power which doesn’t require individual reasonable suspicion.

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?

Two-thirds (66%) of searches in 2018/19 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.

Section 60 stops rose sharply on the previous year, from two in 2017/18 to 46 in 2018/19.

April 2018 – March 2019

12% 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 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?

In 2018/19, black people were searched at just over eight times the rate of white people in Surrey. Those from mixed backgrounds were searched at three times the rate of whites while Asians were searched at just over 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 : 8.4
White : Asian 1 : 2.3
White : Mixed 1 : 2.9
White : Other 1 : 0.7