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Staffordshire Police

About this force

Area 2,713 square miles
Recording stop and account? No

About the PCC in this area

Police & Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis (Conservative)
Email address pcc@staffordshire.pcc.pnn.gov.uk
PCC website Visit website

How many searches do police do?

April 2019 – March 2020

The police conducted 6,346 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Staffordshire Police.

This was an increase of 46% 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 4,343 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Staffordshire Police.

This was an increase of 14% 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 3,812 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Staffordshire Police.

This was a reduction of 13% from the previous year.

There were 6 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 4,375 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Staffordshire Police.

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

There were 2 stop and searches under Section 60 Criminal Justice & Public Order Act, a power which doesn’t require individual reasonable suspicion.

Stop and account

Staffordshire Police do not record stop and accounts.

What are searches targeted at?

Target Proportion of searches
Drugs63%
Stolen property14%
Offensive weapons13%
Going equipped7%
Other1%
Firearms1%
Criminal damage1%

How effective are police stop and searches?

63% of all recorded searches in Staffordshire are for drugs rather than serious or violent crime.

April 2019 – March 2020

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

April 2018 – March 2019

15% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

April 2017 – March 2018

17% 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 2016 – March 2017

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

Who is getting searched?

Racial disproportionality has remained relatively high in Staffordshire over recent years, particularly for people from Black and Mixed race backgrounds.

In 2019/20:

Black people in Staffordshire were searched at almost eight and a half times the rate of White people
People from Mixed backgrounds were searched at roughly six times the rate of White people
Asians were searched at four times the rate of Whites
Chinese or other ethnicities were searched at a lower rate than Whites

There were no recorded uses of section 60.

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 8.4
White : Asian 1 : 4.0
White : Mixed 1 : 6.1
White : Other 1 : 0.8