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Thames Valley Police

About this force

Area 2,220 square miles
Recording stop and account? No
Force website Visit website

About the PCC in this area

Police & Crime Commissioner Anthony Stansfeld (Conservative)
Email address pcc@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
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Key statements on stop and search

​“To maintain a focus on the appropriate and effective use of Stop & Search, to ensure its use is understood & communicated to the communities of Thames Valley”

How many searches do police do?

April 2016 – March 2017

The police conducted 9,549 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Thames Valley Police.

This was a reduction of 18% from the previous year.

There were 1 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 11,658 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Thames Valley Police.

This was a reduction of 35% 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

Thames Valley Police do not record stop and accounts.

Thames Valley 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 Thames Valley (2008-09).

What are searches targeted at?

Target Proportion of searches
Drugs68%
Stolen property12%
Going equipped8%
Offensive weapons8%
Other1%
Criminal damage1%
Firearms1%

How effective are police stop and searches?

A staggering 68% of all searches under section 1 were for drugs rather than serious or violent crime, a proportion that has been consistently high in recent years. Most searches tend to target low level cannabis possession rather than harder drugs and suppliers. This means that Thames Valley remains one of the highest searching forces for drugs of all police forces across England and Wales.

April 2016 – March 2017

12% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

April 2015 – March 2016

13% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

Who is getting searched?

People from black and mixed backgrounds were stopped and searched at approximately 4 and a half times the rate of whites in 2016/17, an increase on the previous year where it was around 3 times the rate of whites. Searches of Asians also rose from just under twice the rate of whites to exactly twice that rate. People Chinese or other minority ethnic groups were under-represented in searches.

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 4.6
White : Asian 1 : 2.0
White : Mixed 1 : 4.3
White : Other 1 : 0.5