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West Mercia Police

About this force

Chief constable David Shaw
Area 2,868 square miles
Recording stop and account? No

About the PCC in this area

Police & Crime Commissioner John-Paul Campion (Conservative)
PCC website Visit website

How many searches do police do?

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.

April 2014 – March 2015

The police conducted 9,874 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by West Mercia Police.

This was a reduction of 31% 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
Drugs63%
Stolen property20%
Offensive weapons7%
Going equipped6%
Other3%
Firearms1%
Criminal damage1%

How effective are police stop and searches?

A staggering 63% of all searches conducted by West Mercia was for drugs rather than serious or violent crime. This has increased from the previous year.

April 2015 – March 2016

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

April 2014 – March 2015

9% 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 rose in 2015/16. In 2015/16, Black people were stopped and searched at just over 9 times the rate of white people (compared to 7 times in 2014/15), people of Asian backgrounds were searched at almost 4 and a half times the rate of white people (4 times previously), and people from mixed ethnic backgrounds were searched at 3 times the rates of whites (slightly higher than the previous year). People from Chinese or other backgrounds were the only group under-represented in searches although this also increased. White people are under-represented in searches. These figures also mean than disproportionality has increased for two consecutive years.

As in previous years, however, there were no section 60 searches carried out in 2015/16. 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 : 9.2
White : Asian 1 : 4.3
White : Mixed 1 : 3.0
White : Other 1 : 0.8