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Hertfordshire Constabulary

About this force

Area 632 square miles
Recording stop and account? No
Force website Visit website

About the PCC in this area

Police & Crime Commissioner David Lloyd (Conservative)
Email address commissioner@herts.pnn.police.uk
PCC website Visit website

How many searches do police do?

April 2019 – March 2020

The police conducted 7,921 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Hertfordshire Constabulary.

This was an increase of 12% from the previous year.

There were 10 stop and searches under Section 60 Criminal Justice & Public Order Act, a power which doesn’t require individual reasonable suspicion.

This was a reduction of 70% from the previous year.

April 2018 – March 2019

The police conducted 7,098 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Hertfordshire Constabulary.

This was an increase of 4% from the previous year.

There were 33 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 6,813 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Hertfordshire Constabulary.

This was a reduction of 9% from the previous year.

There were 24 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 7,450 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Hertfordshire Constabulary.

This was a reduction of 9% 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

Hertfordshire Constabulary do not record stop and accounts.

The Hertfordshire Constabulary no longer record stop and account. The last available data showed that black people were stopped at a rate of 2.5 of white people across Hertfordshire (2008-09).

What are searches targeted at?

Target Proportion of searches
Drugs62%
Going equipped16%
Offensive weapons13%
Stolen property6%
Other1%
Criminal damage1%
Firearms<1%

How effective are police stop and searches?

The majority of searches (62%) carried out by Hertfordshire's officers in 2019/20 were for drugs rather than serious or violent crime. These searches also tend to target low-level cannabis possession rather than drugs suppliers.

April 2019 – March 2020

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

10% of stop and searches conducted under Section 60 Criminal Justice & Public Order Act lead to an arrest.

April 2018 – March 2019

21% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

3% 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.

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

April 2016 – March 2017

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

Who is getting searched?

In 2019/20:

  • Black people in Hertfordshire were searched at just over five times the rate of White people
  • People from Mixed backgrounds were searched at just over six times the rate of White people
  • Asians were searched at one and a half times the rate of Whites
  • Chinese or other ethnicities were searched at roughly the same rate as Whites

There were 10 searches were conducted under section 60 in 2019/20, a power that does not require officers to have any suspicion that a person is carrying weapons in order to search them for those items. Like last year, only one resulted in arrest.

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 5.1
White : Asian 1 : 1.5
White : Mixed 1 : 6.1
White : Other 1 : 0.9