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Sussex Police

About this force

Recording stop and account? No
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About the PCC in this area

Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne (Conservative)
Email address spcc@sussex-pcc.gov.uk
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How many searches do police do?

April 2019 – March 2020

The police conducted 7,752 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Sussex Police.

This was an increase of 25% from the previous year.

There were 523 stop and searches under Section 60 Criminal Justice & Public Order Act, a power which doesn’t require individual reasonable suspicion.

This was an increase of 465% from the previous year.

April 2018 – March 2019

The police conducted 6,222 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Sussex Police.

This was an increase of 23% 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 5,064 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Sussex Police.

This was a reduction of 20% from the previous year.

April 2015 – March 2016

The police conducted 7,967 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Sussex Police.

This was a reduction of 31% from the previous year.

There were 4 stop and searches under Section 60 Criminal Justice & Public Order Act, a power which doesn’t require individual reasonable suspicion.

Stop and account

Sussex Police do not record stop and accounts.

The Sussex police no longer record stop and account. The last available data showed that black people were stopped at a rate of 2.7 of white people in Sussex (2008-09)

What are searches targeted at?

Target Proportion of searches
Drugs51%
Offensive weapons16%
Other13%
Going equipped12%
Stolen property6%
Criminal damage2%
Firearms1%

How effective are police stop and searches?

The majority of all searches carried out by Sussex police in 2019/20 were for drugs (ie 51%) rather than for serious or violent crime. These tend to target low-level possession of drugs instead of harder drugs or suppliers.

There was a huge jump in section 60 searches, from 11 in 2018/19 to 523 in 2019/20. 27 arrests were made.

April 2019 – March 2020

18% 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 2018 – March 2019

15% 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

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

April 2015 – March 2016

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

Who is getting searched?

Racial disproportionality across the Sussex police force area is high.

In 2019/20:

  • Black people 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