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Thames Valley Police

About this force

Chief constable Francis Habgood
Area 2,220 square miles
Recording stop and account? No
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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 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.

April 2014 – March 2015

The police conducted 17,858 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Thames Valley Police.

This was a reduction of 19% from the previous year.

There were 3 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 89% from the previous year.

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
Drugs69%
Stolen property14%
Going equipped8%
Offensive weapons6%
Other1%
Criminal damage1%
Firearms1%

How effective are police stop and searches?

A staggering 69% of all searches under section 1 were for drugs rather than serious or violent crime, a decrease from 71% in the previous year. 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 constabularies across England and Wales.

April 2015 – March 2016

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

April 2014 – March 2015

10% 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.

Who is getting searched?

People from black or mixed ethnic backgrounds were stopped and searched at approximately 4 times the rate of whites in 2015/16, an increase compared to 3 times the rate of whites in 2014/15. Asians were searched at just under twice the rate of whites, similar to the previous year. People from white, and Chinese or other minority ethnic groups were under-represented in searches.

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 3.9
White : Asian 1 : 1.8
White : Mixed 1 : 3.9
White : Other 1 : 0.7