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Northamptonshire Police

About this force

Area 914 square miles
Recording stop and account? No
Force website Visit website

About the PCC in this area

Police & Crime Commissioner Stephen Mold (Conservative)
Email address commissioner@northantspcc.pnn.police.uk
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How many searches do police do?

April 2019 – March 2020

The police conducted 2,667 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Northamptonshire Police.

This was an increase of 16% 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 2,305 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Northamptonshire Police.

This was an increase of 78% from the previous year.

There were 16 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 1,295 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Northamptonshire Police.

This was an increase of 3% from the previous year.

There were 44 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 1,254 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Northamptonshire Police.

This was a reduction of 33% from the previous year.

There were 1 stop and searches under Section 60 Criminal Justice & Public Order Act, a power which doesn’t require individual reasonable suspicion.

Stop and account

Northamptonshire Police do not record stop and accounts.

What are searches targeted at?

Target Proportion of searches
Drugs64%
Offensive weapons13%
Going equipped13%
Stolen property5%
Other4%
Firearms1%
Criminal damage<1%

How effective are police stop and searches?

Most searches (64%) conducted by police officers in Northamptonshire are for drugs rather than more serious or violent crime.

April 2019 – March 2020

9% 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.

0% of stop and searches conducted under Section 60 Criminal Justice & Public Order Act lead to an arrest.

April 2017 – March 2018

20% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

1% of stop and searches conducted under Section 60 Criminal Justice & Public Order Act lead to an arrest.

April 2016 – March 2017

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

Who is getting searched?

In 2019/20:

  • Black people in Northamptonshire were searched at seven the rate of White people
  • People from Mixed backgrounds were searched at just over six 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 a significantly lower rate than White people

In 2019/20, no recorded searches were conducted under section 60, a power which does not require officers to have suspicion in order to search people. 16 searches were carried out the previous year – no one was arrested.

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 7.0
White : Asian 1 : 2.0
White : Mixed 1 : 6.6
White : Other 1 : 0.1