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Hampshire Constabulary

About this force

Area 1,600 square miles
Recording stop and account? Yes
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About the PCC in this area

Police & Crime Commissioner Michael Lane (Conservative)
Email address opcc@hampshire.pnn.police.uk
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How many searches do police do?

April 2019 – March 2020

The police conducted 8,932 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Hampshire Constabulary.

This was an increase of 10% from the previous year.

There were 279 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 8,121 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Hampshire Constabulary.

This was an increase of 1% 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 8,036 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Hampshire Constabulary.

This was a reduction of 7% 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 2015 – March 2016

The police conducted 11,118 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Hampshire Constabulary.

This was a reduction of 40% 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

Hampshire Constabulary record stop and accounts.

Hampshire is one of only nine police forces in England and Wales that record stop and accounts.

In 2013/14, a total of 35,201 recorded stop and accounts where carried out within Hampshire. Of these:

  • 30,269 were of whites
  • 1,213 were of blacks
  • 772 were of Asians
  • 636 were of people from mixed backgrounds
  • 150 were of Chinese people or those from other backgrounds

Black people were subject to an account at 4.1 times the rate of whites, Asians at 0.8 times that rate, mixed people at 1.2 times the rate of whites and those from Chinese or Other backgrounds at 0.4 times the rate of whites.

Hampshire has the highest numbers of stop and accounts of all non-London forces that record these encounters.

What are searches targeted at?

Target Proportion of searches
Drugs64%
Stolen property15%
Offensive weapons11%
Going equipped5%
Other4%
Criminal damage1%
Firearms<1%

How effective are police stop and searches?

Just like the previous year, a large portion of all searches in 2019/20 were for drugs (ie 64%) rather than serious or violent crime. These tend to target low-level possession of drugs rather than harder drugs and suppliers.

April 2019 – March 2020

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

2% of stop and searches conducted under Section 60 Criminal Justice & Public Order Act lead to an arrest.

April 2018 – March 2019

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

April 2017 – March 2018

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

April 2015 – March 2016

14% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

Who is getting searched?

Racial disproportionality across Hampshire is particularly high for black people.

In 2019/20:

  • Black people were searched at almost 11 times the rate of White people
  • People from Mixed backgrounds were searched at nearly three and a half times the rate of White people
  • Asians were searched at twice the rate of Whites
  • Chinese or other ethnicities were searched at roughly half the rate of Whites

There were 279 searches conducted under section 60; this is a power that does not require officers to suspect a person is carrying weapons in order to search them for those items. There were five arrests.

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 10.8
White : Asian 1 : 2.0
White : Mixed 1 : 3.5
White : Other 1 : 0.4