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Sussex Police

About this force

Chief constable Giles York
Recording stop and account? No
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About the PCC in this area

Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne (Conservative)
Email address spcc@sussex-pcc.gov.uk
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How many searches do police do?

April 2015 – March 2016

The police conducted 7,967 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Sussex Police.

This was a reduction of 31% from the previous year.

There were 4 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 11,614 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Sussex Police.

This was a reduction of 30% from the previous year.

There were 37 stop and searches under Section 60 Criminal Justice & Public Order Act, a power which doesn’t require individual reasonable suspicion.

This was a reduction of 40% from the previous year.

Stop and account

Sussex Police do not record stop and accounts.

The Sussex Police no longer record stop and account. The last available data showed that black people were stopped at a rate of 2.7 of white people in Sussex (2008-09)

What are searches targeted at?

Target Proportion of searches
Drugs62%
Stolen property15%
Going equipped9%
Offensive weapons8%
Other4%
Criminal damage1%
Firearms1%

How effective are police stop and searches?

A staggering 62% of all searches in 2015/16 were for drugs rather than for serious or violent crime. These tend to target low-level possession of drugs rather than harder drugs and suppliers.

April 2015 – March 2016

16% 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.

8% of stop and searches conducted under Section 60 Criminal Justice & Public Order Act lead to an arrest.

Who is getting searched?

Racial disproportionality has increased in Sussex. In 2015/16, black people were stopped and searched at almost 10 and a half times the rate of whites (up from over 8 times in 2014/15). Searches of Asians and people from mixed backgrounds rose to over one and a half times the rate of whites. White people, Chinese and other minority ethnic groups were searched at the same rate and were all under-represented in searches.

There were 4 searches conducted under section 60, a power that does not require officers to suspect a person is carrying weapons in order to search them for such items. No weapons were discovered for any of these encounters and the total number reduced from 37 in 2014/15.

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 10.5
White : Asian 1 : 1.6
White : Mixed 1 : 1.8
White : Other 1 : 1.0