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Leicestershire Constabulary

About this force

Area 965 square miles
Recording stop and account? No
Force website Visit website

About the PCC in this area

Police & Crime Commissioner Willy Bach (Labour)
Email address police.commissioner@leicestershire.pnn.police.uk
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How many searches do police do?

April 2019 – March 2020

The police conducted 4,286 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Leicestershire Constabulary.

This was an increase of 32% 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 3,237 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Leicestershire Constabulary.

This was an increase of 88% 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.

April 2017 – March 2018

The police conducted 1,722 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Leicestershire Constabulary.

This was an increase 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.

April 2016 – March 2017

The police conducted 1,519 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Leicestershire Constabulary.

This was a reduction of 19% from the previous year.

There were 7 stop and searches under Section 60 Criminal Justice & Public Order Act, a power which doesn’t require individual reasonable suspicion.

Stop and account

Leicestershire Constabulary do not record stop and accounts.

What are searches targeted at?

Target Proportion of searches
Drugs67%
Offensive weapons14%
Going equipped10%
Stolen property6%
Other1%
Criminal damage1%
Firearms1%

How effective are police stop and searches?

April 2019 – March 2020

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

April 2018 – March 2019

25% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

9% of stop and searches conducted under Section 60 Criminal Justice & Public Order Act lead to an arrest.

April 2017 – March 2018

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

April 2016 – March 2017

12% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

Who is getting searched?

In 2019/20:

  • Black people in Leicestershire were searched at almost five times the rate of White people
  • People from Mixed backgrounds were searched at nearly one and a half times the rate of White people
  • Asians were searched at roughly the same rate of Whites
  • Chinese or other ethnicities were searched at just under half the rate of Whites

In 2019/20, no searches were conducted under section 60, a power that does not require officers to suspect a person is carrying a weapon in order to search them. The year before, there were 11, resulting in one arrest.

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 4.7
White : Asian 1 : 1.1
White : Mixed 1 : 1.4
White : Other 1 : 0.4