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West Mercia Police

About this force

Area 2,868 square miles
Recording stop and account? No
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About the PCC in this area

Police & Crime Commissioner John-Paul Campion (Conservative)
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How many searches do police do?

April 2017 – March 2018

The police conducted 4,440 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by West Mercia Police.

This was a reduction of 12% 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 2016 – March 2017

The police conducted 5,052 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by West Mercia Police.

This was a reduction of 40% 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 8,471 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by West Mercia Police.

This was a reduction of 14% 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

West Mercia Police do not record stop and accounts.

The West Mercia Police no longer record stop and account. The last available data showed that black people were stopped at a rate of 3.4 that of white people in West Mercia (2008-09).

What are searches targeted at?

Target Proportion of searches
Drugs51%
Stolen property27%
Offensive weapons14%
Going equipped6%
Firearms2%
Other1%
Criminal damage<1%

How effective are police stop and searches?

Although down on the previous financial year (65% in 2016/17), the majority (51%) of all searches conducted by West Mercia police in 2017/18 were for drugs rather than serious or violent crime.

April 2017 – March 2018

17% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

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 in Warwickshire is one of the highest in the country and this has risen for the fourth consecutive year. In 2017/18, black people were stopped and searched at just over 15 times the rate of whites, the second year in a row the disparity was in double figures (it was twelve-and-a-half times in 2016/17).

People of Asian backgrounds were searched at almost six-and-a-half times the rate of white people, and those from mixed ethnic backgrounds were searched at almost thrice this rate.

People from Chinese or other backgrounds were the only group under-represented in searches.

As in previous years, however, there were no section 60 searches carried out in 2017/18. Section 60 is 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 : 15.1
White : Asian 1 : 6.4
White : Mixed 1 : 2.9
White : Other 1 : 0.2