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Cumbria Constabulary

About this force

Area 2,268 square miles
Recording stop and account? No
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About the PCC in this area

Police & Crime Commissioner Peter McCall (Conservative)
Email address commissioner@cumbria-pcc.gov.uk
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How many searches do police do?

April 2019 – March 2020

The police conducted 2,118 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Cumbria Constabulary.

This was an increase of 22% 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 1,733 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Cumbria Constabulary.

This was an increase of 15% 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 1,504 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Cumbria Constabulary.

This was a reduction of 23% 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 1,962 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Cumbria Constabulary.

This was a reduction of 49% from the previous year.

There were 11 stop and searches under Section 60 Criminal Justice & Public Order Act, a power which doesn’t require individual reasonable suspicion.

Stop and account

Cumbria Constabulary do not record stop and accounts.

What are searches targeted at?

Target Proportion of searches
Drugs70%
Offensive weapons10%
Going equipped10%
Stolen property8%
Criminal damage2%
Other1%
Firearms<1%

How effective are police stop and searches?

In 2019/20, 70% of all searches across Cumbria were for drugs, a couple of percentage points up on 2018/19, when it was 68%.

April 2019 – March 2020

16% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

April 2018 – March 2019

18% 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

18% 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 Cumbria were searched at just over four and a half times the rate of White people
    •    Asians were searched at just over one and half times the rate of Whites
    •    People from Mixed backgrounds were searched at a lower rate than White people
    •    There were no searches of Chinese or other ethnicities

2019/20 saw no recorded 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 2018/19, when only one person was searched.

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 4.6
White : Asian 1 : 1.6
White : Mixed 1 : 0.8
White : Other 1 : 0.0