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Cleveland Police

About this force

Recording stop and account? No
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About the PCC in this area

Police & Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger (Labour)
Email address pcc@cleveland.pnn.police.uk
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How many searches do police do?

April 2019 – March 2020

The police conducted 2,063 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Cleveland Police.

This was an increase of 132% 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 888 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Cleveland Police.

This was an increase of 2% 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 874 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Cleveland Police.

This was a reduction of 15% 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 1,206 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Cleveland Police.

This was a reduction of 63% 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

Cleveland Police do not record stop and accounts.

What are searches targeted at?

Target Proportion of searches
Drugs52%
Offensive weapons17%
Going equipped14%
Stolen property7%
Other7%
Criminal damage2%
Firearms2%

How effective are police stop and searches?

April 2019 – March 2020

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

April 2018 – March 2019

25% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

April 2017 – March 2018

28% 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 Cleveland were searched at nearly four and a half times the rate of White people
  • People from Mixed backgrounds were searched at nearly three times the rate of White people
  • Asians backgrounds were searched at just over one and half times the rate of Whites
  • Chinese or other ethnicities were searched at roughly the same rate

Just as the previous two financial years, Cleveland recorded no searches under section 60, a power which does not require officers to have suspicion to believe that the person is involved in violence in order to search them. The last recorded search under this power was in 2014/15 where only one person was searched.

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 4.4
White : Asian 1 : 1.6
White : Mixed 1 : 2.8
White : Other 1 : 1.1