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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 2018 – March 2019

The police conducted 4,099 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by West Mercia Police.

This was a reduction of 8% from the previous year.

There were 3 stop and searches under Section 60 Criminal Justice & Public Order Act, a power which doesn’t require individual reasonable suspicion.

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.

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
Drugs58%
Stolen property15%
Offensive weapons14%
Going equipped9%
Other1%
Firearms1%
Criminal damage1%

How effective are police stop and searches?

The majority (58%) of all searches conducted by West Mercia police in 2018/19 were for drugs rather than serious or violent crime.

April 2018 – March 2019

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 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.

Who is getting searched?

Disproportionality in Warwickshire is consistently one of the highest in the country. In 2018/19, black people were stopped and searched at roughly 14 times the rate of whites. Asians were searched at more than four times the rate of whites, while people from mixed backgrounds were searched at almost six and a half times that of whites. People from Chinese or other backgrounds were the only group under-represented in searches.

As in previous years, however, there were three section 60 searches carried out in 2018/19. 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 : 14.1
White : Asian 1 : 4.3
White : Mixed 1 : 6.4
White : Other 1 : 0.4