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Stop and Search

Volume 458: debated on Monday 19 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) stop and account and (b) stop and search forms were completed by each police force in England and Wales in the last year for which figures are available. (122932)

[holding answer 23 February 2007]: The last year for which figures are available for stop and searches are 2004-05 and are shown in the following table below. These figures reflect the number of stop and searches recorded by each police force area in relation to powers under section one of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984, and other legislation; section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994; section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

From 1 April 2005, police forces have been required to collect figures on the recording of encounters by police officers in accordance with paragraphs 4.11 - 4.20 of the PACE code of practice on exercise by police officers of statutory powers of stop and search (Code A). Issues relating to the quality and completeness of the 2005-06 figures mean they remain subject to further work before they can be published by the Home Office, however police forces are able to use their data for local accountability.

‘Stop and searches’ of persons under s1 of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984, and other legislation, 2004-05

Police force area

Total

Avon and Somerset

17,897

Bedfordshire

3,507

Cambridgeshire

5,328

Cheshire

13,536

Cleveland

14,367

Cumbria

5,702

Derbyshire

10,592

Devon and Cornwall

21,096

Dorset

6,160

Durham

9,317

Essex

8,131

Gloucestershire

4,018

Greater Manchester

58,118

Hampshire

24,336

Hertfordshire

12,083

Humberside

6,159

Kent

11,482

Lancashire

21,642

Leicestershire

13,597

Lincolnshire

6,878

London, City of

6,915

Merseyside

21,354

Metropolitan Police

237,104

Norfolk

6,345

Northamptonshire

7,123

Northumbria

24,698

North Yorkshire

3,832

Nottinghamshire

4,318

South Yorkshire

24,151

Staffordshire

19,525

Suffolk

4,274

Surrey

9,755

Sussex

12,312

Thames Valley

20,542

Warwickshire

5,713

West Mercia

9,327

West Midlands

30,119

West Yorkshire

74,256

Wiltshire

4,648

Dyfed-Powys

8,316

Gwent

6,059

North Wales

11,899

South Wales

13,446

England and Wales

839,977

Note:

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.