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Wiltshire Police

About this force

Chief constable Mike Veale
Area 1,346 square miles
Recording stop and account? No
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About the PCC in this area

Police & Crime Commissioner Angus Macpherson (Conservative)
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How many searches do police do?

April 2015 – March 2016

The police conducted 2,533 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Wiltshire Police.

This was an increase of 0% from the previous year.

April 2014 – March 2015

The police conducted 3,245 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Wiltshire Police.

This was a reduction of 51% 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

Wiltshire Police do not record stop and accounts.

What are searches targeted at?

Target Proportion of searches
Drugs73%
Stolen property9%
Other7%
Offensive weapons5%
Going equipped3%
Criminal damage2%
Firearms0%

How effective are police stop and searches?

A staggering 73% of all searches carried out by this police force's officers were for drugs rather than serious or violent crime. Most of these are likely to have involved low-level possession of drugs rather than suppliers. This figure is the second highest of all forces in England and Wales after Dyfed Powys.

April 2015 – March 2016

15% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

April 2014 – March 2015

10% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

Who is getting searched?

Disproportionality is high in Wiltshire although the overall number of searches are relatively low. In 2015/16, black people were stopped and searched at over 8 times the rate of white people (up from 7 times in 2014/15) and people from mixed backgrounds were searched at over two and a half times the rate of whites (up from just under twice the rate of whites previously). Asians were searched at almost twice the rate of white people (up from  approximately the same rate as whites in 2014/15). People frmo Chinese or all other ethnic minority groups were searched at a marginally higher rate than whites.

As with the previous three years, there were no recorded searches carried out under section 60, a power that does not require officers to have suspicion to believe that a person is carrying weapons in order to search them.

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 8.1
White : Asian 1 : 1.8
White : Mixed 1 : 2.6
White : Other 1 : 1.1