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Thames Valley Police

About this force

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 2017 – March 2018

The police conducted 6,551 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Thames Valley Police.

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

There were 7 stop and searches under Section 60 Criminal Justice & Public Order Act, a power which doesn’t require individual reasonable suspicion.

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
Drugs54%
Other18%
Stolen property12%
Offensive weapons11%
Going equipped5%
Criminal damage<1%
Firearms<1%

How effective are police stop and searches?

A staggering 54% of all searches by Thames Valley police under section 1 were for drugs rather than serious or violent crime. Most searches tend to target low level cannabis possession rather than harder drugs and suppliers.

April 2017 – March 2018

16% 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 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 backgrounds were stopped and searched at approximately five-and-a-half times the rate of whites in 2017/18 in the Thames Valley region, an increase on the previous year where it was around four-and-a-half times the rate of whites. Searches of Asians also rose from twice the rate of whites to just over thrice the rate, similar to those from mixed backgrounds. People from Chinese or other minority ethnic groups half as likely to be stopped and searched compared with their white counterparts.

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 5.5
White : Asian 1 : 3.2
White : Mixed 1 : 3.4
White : Other 1 : 0.5