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Nottinghamshire Police

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About this force

Area 800 square miles
Recording stop and account? No
Force website Visit website

About the PCC in this area

Police & Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping (Labour)
Email address nopcc@nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk
PCC website Visit website
Key statements on stop and search

​“Ensure Stop and Search transparency and proportionality”

How many searches do police do?

April 2019 – March 2020

The police conducted 5,414 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Nottinghamshire Police.

This was an increase of 80% 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 3,013 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Nottinghamshire Police.

This was an increase of 58% from the previous year.

There were 21 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 1,908 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Nottinghamshire Police.

This was a reduction 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 2016 – March 2017

The police conducted 1,937 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Nottinghamshire Police.

This was a reduction of 27% 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

Nottinghamshire Police do not record stop and accounts.

What are searches targeted at?

Target Proportion of searches
Drugs80%
Offensive weapons11%
Going equipped5%
Stolen property3%
Other<1%
Criminal damage<1%
Firearms<1%

How effective are police stop and searches?

In 2019/20, 80% of all searches were for drugs, an nine percentage point increase on last year, and the highest proportion compared with all section 1 PACE searches in the East Midlands Region, and in England and Wales.

No one was searched under section 60 powers. 21 section 60 searches took place in 2018/19 – one resulted in an arrest.

April 2019 – March 2020

11% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

April 2018 – March 2019

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

5% of stop and searches conducted under Section 60 Criminal Justice & Public Order Act lead to an arrest.

April 2017 – March 2018

16% 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?

Although down on the previous year, racial disproportionality in searches across Nottinghamshire remains relatively high, particularly for Black and Mixed race people.

In 2019/20:

  • Black people were searched at almost six times the rate of White people
  • People from Mixed backgrounds were searched at just over five times the rate of White people
  • Asians were searched at nearly two and a half times the rate of Whites
  • Chinese or other ethnicities were searched at roughly half the rate of Whites

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 5.8
White : Asian 1 : 2.4
White : Mixed 1 : 5.2
White : Other 1 : 0.6

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