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Durham Constabulary

About this force

Area 861 square miles
Recording stop and account? No
Force website Visit website

About the PCC in this area

Police & Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg (Labour)
Email address enquiries@durham-pcc.gov.uk
PCC website Visit website

How many searches do police do?

April 2019 – March 2020

The police conducted 2,049 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Durham Constabulary.

This was an increase 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 2018 – March 2019

The police conducted 1,778 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Durham Constabulary.

This was an increase of 18% 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 1,503 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Durham Constabulary.

This was a reduction of 15% from the previous year.

There were 4 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 1,776 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Durham Constabulary.

This was a reduction of 61% 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.

Stop and account

Durham Constabulary do not record stop and accounts.

What are searches targeted at?

Target Proportion of searches
Drugs55%
Going equipped17%
Stolen property15%
Offensive weapons11%
Firearms1%
Other1%
Criminal damage0%

How effective are police stop and searches?

In 2019/20, there were no searches conducted under section 60, a power that does not require any suspicion to believe that a person is engaged in criminality or violence in order to search them.

April 2019 – March 2020

19% 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 2018 – March 2019

23% 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

19% 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

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

8% of stop and searches conducted under Section 60 Criminal Justice & Public Order Act lead to an arrest.

Who is getting searched?

In 2019/20:
    •    Black people in Durham were searched at 3.7 times the rate of White people
    •    People from Mixed backgrounds were searched at twice 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

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 3.7
White : Asian 1 : 1.9
White : Mixed 1 : 2.0
White : Other 1 : 1.1