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Bedfordshire Police

About this force

Area 477 square miles
Recording stop and account? No
Force website Visit website

About the PCC in this area

Police & Crime Commissioner Kathryn Holloway (Conservative)
Email address pcc@bedfordshire.pnn.police.uk
PCC website Visit website

How many searches do police do?

April 2019 – March 2020

The police conducted 3,476 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Bedfordshire Police.

This was an increase of 53% 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 2018 – March 2019

The police conducted 2,274 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Bedfordshire Police.

This was an increase of 59% from the previous year.

There were 1 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 1,436 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Bedfordshire Police.

This was a reduction of 11% from the previous year.

There were 2 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 1,621 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Bedfordshire Police.

This was a reduction of 28% from the previous year.

There were 1 stop and searches under Section 60 Criminal Justice & Public Order Act, a power which doesn’t require individual reasonable suspicion.

Stop and account

Bedfordshire Police do not record stop and accounts.

What are searches targeted at?

Target Proportion of searches
Drugs68%
Offensive weapons15%
Going equipped11%
Stolen property4%
Firearms1%
Criminal damage1%
Other<1%

How effective are police stop and searches?

In 2019/20, 68% of Bedfordshire officers' searches are for drugs rather than serious or violent crime, six percentage points up on the previous year.

April 2019 – March 2020

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

April 2018 – March 2019

13% 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

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 2016 – March 2017

8% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

Who is getting searched?

In 2019/20:

  • Black people in Bedfordshire were searched at thrice the rate of White people
  • People from Mixed backgrounds were searched at six and a half times the rate of White people
  • Asians were searched at twice the rate of Whites
  • Chinese or other ethnicities were searched at roughly half the rate of Whites

There were no recorded searches under section 60 in 2019/20; this is a power that does not require officers to suspect a person is carrying knives or other weapons in order to search them for those items.

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 3.1
White : Asian 1 : 1.9
White : Mixed 1 : 6.5
White : Other 1 : 0.4