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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 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
Drugs65%
Stolen property19%
Offensive weapons8%
Going equipped5%
Other1%
Firearms1%
Criminal damage1%

How effective are police stop and searches?

A staggering 65% of all searches conducted by West Mercia in 2016/17 was for drugs rather than serious or violent crime. This has increased from 63% in the previous year. and is the highest of all forces in the West Midlands.

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 third consecutive year. In 2016/17, black people were stopped and searched at 12 and a half times the rate of whites (up from just over 9 times in 2015/16); people of Asian backgrounds were searched at 4 and a half times the rate of white people (up from just under this rate previously); and people from mixed ethnic backgrounds were searched at just over 3 and a half times this rate (up from 3 times previously). People from Chinese or other backgrounds were the only group under-represented in searches although this rate has also increased in recent years. White people are under-represented in searches. These figures also mean than disproportionality has increased for three consecutive years.

As in previous years, however, there were no section 60 searches carried out in 2016/17. 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 : 12.5
White : Asian 1 : 4.5
White : Mixed 1 : 3.6
White : Other 1 : 0.8