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Stop and Search: Cambridgeshire

Volume 463: debated on Monday 1 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals were the subject of stop forms used by police officers in the Cambridgeshire Constabulary area in each year since 2001; and if she will make a statement. (155320)

[holding answer 12 September 2007]: Available information held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform on the number of stops and searches within the Cambridgeshire police force area is given in the table from 2001-02 to 2004-05 (latest available). Statistics for 2005-06 are due to be published later this year.

From 1 April 2005 police forces are required to ensure that a record is made by police officers of all stops. It is hoped to publish statistics on all Stops and Stop and Searches in 2008.

Stops and searches of persons within the Cambridgeshire police force area under section 1 of the Police and Criminal evidence Act 1984 and other legislation1, from 2001-02 to 2004-05

Total

2001-02

3,896

2002-03

3,331

2003-04

4,079

2004-05

5,647

1 Other legislation includes stops and searches under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 and the Firearms Act 1968; Terrorism Act s43 & s44(1) and s44(2); Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 s60; various poaching and wildlife conservation legislation; s27(1) of the Aviation Security Act 1982; s163 & s164 of the Customs and Excise Management Act 1979; and the Sporting Events (Control of Alcohol etc.) Act 1985.

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 the police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when these data are used.