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Cheshire Constabulary

About this force

Area 200 square miles
Recording stop and account? No
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About the PCC in this area

Police & Crime Commissioner David Keane (Labour)
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How many searches do police do?

April 2019 – March 2020

The police conducted 3,783 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Cheshire Constabulary.

This was an increase of 67% from the previous year.

There were 236 stop and searches under Section 60 Criminal Justice & Public Order Act, a power which doesn’t require individual reasonable suspicion.

This was an increase of 275% from the previous year.

April 2018 – March 2019

The police conducted 2,261 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Cheshire Constabulary.

This was an increase of 2% from the previous year.

There were 63 stop and searches under Section 60 Criminal Justice & Public Order Act, a power which doesn’t require individual reasonable suspicion.

This was an increase of 2% from the previous year.

April 2017 – March 2018

The police conducted 2,211 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Cheshire Constabulary.

This was a reduction of 17% 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 2,676 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Cheshire Constabulary.

This was a reduction of 55% 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

Cheshire Constabulary do not record stop and accounts.

What are searches targeted at?

Target Proportion of searches
Drugs68%
Offensive weapons13%
Going equipped10%
Stolen property6%
Criminal damage2%
Other<1%
Firearms<1%

How effective are police stop and searches?

A staggering 68% of all searches across Cheshire in 2019/20 were for drugs rather than directed serious or violent crimes, slightly down on the previous year (72%). Most searches are likely to detect low-level possession of cannabis rather than drug dealers or the suppliers of harder drugs.

April 2019 – March 2020

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

3% of stop and searches conducted under Section 60 Criminal Justice & Public Order Act lead to an arrest.

April 2018 – March 2019

18% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

1% of stop and searches conducted under Section 60 Criminal Justice & Public Order Act lead to an arrest.

April 2017 – March 2018

18% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 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 Cheshire were searched at nearly seven and a half times the rate of White people
    •    People from Mixed backgrounds were searched at three times the rate of White people
    •    Asians were searched at a lower rate than Whites
    •    Chinese or other ethnicities were searched at a much lower rate than Whites


There were 236 recorded searches under section 60, a nearly fourfold increase on the previous year. Section 60 is a power that does not require officers to have any suspicion that a person is involved in criminality before detaining them for a search. Six searches led to arrests under the power, of which two were for possession of offensive weapons.

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 7.4
White : Asian 1 : 0.8
White : Mixed 1 : 3.0
White : Other 1 : 0.4