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Warwickshire Police

About this force

Area 762 square miles
Recording stop and account? No
Force website Visit website

About the PCC in this area

Police & Crime Commissioner Philip Seccombe (Conservative)
Email address opcc@warwickshire.gov.uk
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How many searches do police do?

April 2016 – March 2017

The police conducted 2,011 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Warwickshire Police.

This was a reduction of 39% 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 2015 – March 2016

The police conducted 3,275 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Warwickshire Police.

This was an increase of 6% 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

Warwickshire Police do not record stop and accounts.

Warwickshire Police no longer record stop and account. The last available data showed that black people were stopped a rate of 3.2 that of white people in Warwickshire (2008-09).

What are searches targeted at?

Target Proportion of searches
Drugs64%
Stolen property21%
Offensive weapons8%
Going equipped6%
Firearms1%
Other<1%
Criminal damage<1%

How effective are police stop and searches?

Stop and searches increased in Warwickshire in 2015/16 by 6% and at a time when overall use reduced nationally by 28%. More than half of all searches in this police force area (57%) were for drugs rather than serious or violent crime.

April 2016 – March 2017

11% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

April 2015 – March 2016

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

Who is getting searched?

Disproportionality is particularly high in Warwickshire and has risen for the sixth consecutive year year; this is despite a reduction in the overall number of searches in the region. In 2016/17, black people were stopped and searched at approximately 8 times the rate of white people (up from 7 and a half times); people from mixed backgrounds were searched at almost 4 times the rate of whites (up 3 times); and Asians were searched at one and a half times the rate of white people, similar to the previous year. Those from Chinese or other ethnicities were searched at marginally lower rates than whites (slightly down on the previous year).

Similar to previous years, Warwickshire police did not conduct any searches under section 60, a power that does not require officers to suspect a person is carrying a weapon in order to search them.

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 8.2
White : Asian 1 : 1.5
White : Mixed 1 : 3.8
White : Other 1 : 0.8