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Sussex Police

About this force

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
PCC website Visit website

How many searches do police do?

April 2018 – March 2019

The police conducted 6,222 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Sussex Police.

This was an increase of 23% from the previous year.

There were 11 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 5,064 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Sussex Police.

This was a reduction of 20% from the previous year.

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.

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
Drugs64%
Offensive weapons14%
Going equipped9%
Stolen property7%
Other4%
Criminal damage1%
Firearms1%

How effective are police stop and searches?

Most of all searches carried out by Sussex police in 2018/19 were for drugs (ie 64%) rather than for serious or violent crime. These tend to target low-level possession of drugs instead of harder drugs or suppliers.

There were 11 stops under section 60, a power that does not require officers to suspect individuals of carrying weapons in order to search them for those items.

April 2018 – March 2019

15% 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

14% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

April 2015 – March 2016

16% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

Who is getting searched?

Disporportionality across the Sussex police force area is high. In 2018/19, black people were searched at almost 11 times the rate of white people across the force – one of the highest disparities in the country, and down slightly on the previous year, when it was 15 times. Asians (1.6) and people of mixed ethnicity (1.8) were searched at just over one and a half times the rate of whites. People from Chinese and other minority ethnic groups were searched at the same rate as whites.

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