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Surrey Police

About this force

Area 1,033 square miles
Recording stop and account? No
Force website Visit website

About the PCC in this area

Police & Crime Commissioner David Munro (Conservative)
Email address SurreyPCC@surrey.police.uk
PCC website Visit website

How many searches do police do?

April 2019 – March 2020

The police conducted 5,915 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Surrey Police.

This was a reduction of 2% from the previous year.

There were 38 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 17% from the previous year.

April 2018 – March 2019

The police conducted 6,017 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Surrey Police.

This was an increase of 14% from the previous year.

There were 46 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 5,275 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Surrey Police.

This was an increase of 18% 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.

April 2015 – March 2016

The police conducted 6,211 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Surrey Police.

This was a reduction of 44% from the previous year.

There were 20 stop and searches under Section 60 Criminal Justice & Public Order Act, a power which doesn’t require individual reasonable suspicion.

Stop and account

Surrey Police do not record stop and accounts.

What are searches targeted at?

Target Proportion of searches
Drugs75%
Stolen property12%
Offensive weapons7%
Going equipped4%
Criminal damage1%
Firearms1%
Other<1%

How effective are police stop and searches?

Three quarters (75%) of searches in 2019/20 were for drugs rather than serious or violent crime, one of the highest figures in the country. These tend to target low-level possession of drugs rather than harder drugs and suppliers.

Section 60 stops rose sharply, from two in 2017/18 to 46 in 2018/19, before dropping slightly to 38 in 2019/20. One arrest was made under the power.

April 2019 – March 2020

14% 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 2018 – March 2019

12% 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

11% 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 2015 – March 2016

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

Who is getting searched?

In 2019/20:

  • Black people in Surrey were searched at almost nine times the rate of White people
  • People from Mixed backgrounds were searched at two 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 roughly half the rate of Whites

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 8.7
White : Asian 1 : 2.0
White : Mixed 1 : 2.5
White : Other 1 : 0.6