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Gloucestershire Constabulary

About this force

Area 1,025 square miles
Recording stop and account? No
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About the PCC in this area

Police & Crime Commissioner Martin Surl (Independent)
Email address pcc@gloucestershire.pnn.police.uk
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How many searches do police do?

April 2019 – March 2020

The police conducted 2,317 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Gloucestershire Constabulary.

This was an increase of 304% 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 573 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Gloucestershire Constabulary.

This was a reduction of 68% 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 1,772 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Gloucestershire Constabulary.

This was a reduction of 3% 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 1,832 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Gloucestershire Constabulary.

This was a reduction of 13% 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

Gloucestershire Constabulary do not record stop and accounts.

What are searches targeted at?

Target Proportion of searches
Drugs68%
Offensive weapons12%
Stolen property10%
Going equipped7%
Other1%
Firearms1%
Criminal damage1%

How effective are police stop and searches?

Just over two thirds (68%) of searches carried out by Gloucestershire's police officers in 2019/20 are for drugs, instead of being directed at more serious or violent crime. Research suggests that most of these are likely to have detected low-level possession of drugs (mainly small quantities of cannabis) rather than suppliers or more suppliers.

April 2019 – March 2020

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

April 2018 – March 2019

19% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

April 2017 – March 2018

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

April 2016 – March 2017

13% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

Who is getting searched?

In 2019/20:

  • Black people in Gloucestershire were searched at six and a half times the rate of White people
  • People from Mixed backgrounds were searched at twelve and a half times the rate of White people – the highest disproportionality between both races in England and Wales
  • Asians were searched at just a little more than the rate of Whites
  • Chinese or other ethnicities were searched at a much lower rate than Whites

There was no recorded use of section 60 in 2018/19. Section 60 is a power that does not require officers to have suspicion that a person is carrying weapons in order to search them for those items.

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 6.5
White : Asian 1 : 1.2
White : Mixed 1 : 12.6
White : Other 1 : 0.2