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Police: Stop and Search

Volume 710: debated on Monday 18 May 2009

Question

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government in relation to the latest figures showing exercise of police stop and search powers, what proportion of those searches related to operations specifically against knife crime. [HL3313]

The information requested is not available. Information on the individual circumstances of stops and searches is not reported to the Home Office; therefore, it is not possible to identify which stops and searches resulted from operations specifically against knife crime.

Available information from 2007-08 shows that, of the 1,045,923 stops and searches conducted in England and Wales under Section 1 of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (PACE), 98,529 were for offensive weapons (including knives). Also, 12,447 arrests for possession of offensive weapons resulted from stop and search procedures under Section 1 of PACE during this period.

Additionally, 53,250 searches in anticipation of violence were conducted under Section 60 of PACE, under which 759 persons were found to be carrying an offensive weapon and dangerous instrument.