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Cambridgeshire Constabulary

About this force

Area 3,500 square miles
Recording stop and account? No
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About the PCC in this area

Police & Crime Commissioner Jason Ablewhite (Conservative)
Email address cambs-pcc@cambs.pnn.police.uk
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How many searches do police do?

April 2019 – March 2020

The police conducted 2,539 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Cambridgeshire Constabulary.

This was an increase of 45% from the previous year.

There were 5 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 1,757 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Cambridgeshire Constabulary.

This was an increase of 80% 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 2017 – March 2018

The police conducted 978 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Cambridgeshire Constabulary.

This was a reduction of 25% 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 1,297 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Cambridgeshire Constabulary.

This was a reduction of 59% 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

Cambridgeshire Constabulary do not record stop and accounts.

What are searches targeted at?

Target Proportion of searches
Drugs66%
Going equipped16%
Offensive weapons13%
Stolen property3%
Criminal damage2%
Other<1%
Firearms<1%

How effective are police stop and searches?

Two-thirds of all searches (66%) conducted by Cambridgeshire's police officers were for drugs rather than serious or violence crime in 2019/20.

April 2019 – March 2020

14% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

60% of stop and searches conducted under Section 60 Criminal Justice & Public Order Act lead to an arrest.

April 2018 – March 2019

17% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

April 2017 – March 2018

20% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

April 2016 – March 2017

7% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

Who is getting searched?

In 2019/20:

  • Black people in Cambridgeshire were searched at eight times the rate of White people
  • People from Mixed backgrounds were searched at nearly two and a half times the rate of White people
  • Asians were searched at just under twice the rate of Whites
  • Chinese or other ethnicities were searched at roughly the same rate as Whites

Five people were searched under 60; three were arrested.

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 8.0
White : Asian 1 : 1.9
White : Mixed 1 : 2.6
White : Other 1 : 1.1