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Wiltshire Police

About this force

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 2017 – March 2018

The police conducted 1,020 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Wiltshire Police.

This was a reduction of 36% 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 1,600 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Wiltshire Police.

This was a reduction of 37% 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
Drugs70%
Stolen property14%
Offensive weapons10%
Going equipped3%
Criminal damage1%
Other1%
Firearms<1%

How effective are police stop and searches?

A staggering 70% of all searches carried out by Wiltshire's police officers in 2017/18 were for drugs instead of more serious or violent crime. Research shows that these searches typically detect low-level possession of cannabis rather than suppliers or harder drugs.

April 2017 – March 2018

14% 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?

Caution is required when interpreting the racial disproprotionality ratios at the bottom of this page. This is because the relatively small volume of searches for each ethnic group makes those figures not very meaningful when considered alone.

As in previous 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 for those items.

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 10.1
White : Asian 1 : 1.9
White : Mixed 1 : 2.7
White : Other 1 : 0.2