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Thames Valley Police

About this force

Area 2,220 square miles
Recording stop and account? No
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About the PCC in this area

Police & Crime Commissioner Anthony Stansfeld (Conservative)
Email address pcc@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
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Key statements on stop and search

​“To maintain a focus on the appropriate and effective use of Stop & Search, to ensure its use is understood & communicated to the communities of Thames Valley”

How many searches do police do?

April 2019 – March 2020

The police conducted 12,245 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Thames Valley Police.

This was an increase of 45% from the previous year.

There were 674 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 673% from the previous year.

April 2018 – March 2019

The police conducted 8,422 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Thames Valley Police.

This was an increase of 29% 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.

April 2017 – March 2018

The police conducted 6,551 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Thames Valley Police.

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

There were 7 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 9,549 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Thames Valley Police.

This was a reduction of 18% 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

Thames Valley Police do not record stop and accounts.

Thames Valley 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 Thames Valley (2008-09).

What are searches targeted at?

Target Proportion of searches
Drugs68%
Offensive weapons13%
Stolen property10%
Going equipped7%
Other1%
Firearms1%
Criminal damage1%

How effective are police stop and searches?

Most searches conducted by Thames Valley police officers are for drugs (67% in 2019/20) instead of being directed towards serious or violent crime. Most searches tend to target low level cannabis possession rather than harder drugs and suppliers.

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

16% 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

16% 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

12% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

Who is getting searched?

In 2019/20:

  • Black people in Thames Valley were searched at almost five 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 just over twice the rate of Whites
  • Chinese or other ethnicities were searched at a much lower rate than Whites

There were 674 searches under section 60, a power that does not require officers to have reasonable suspicion that a person is carrying weapons in order to search them for those items. 19 arrests were made.

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 4.7
White : Asian 1 : 2.3
White : Mixed 1 : 5.2
White : Other 1 : 0.3