Stop and Search

Home Department written question – answered on 30th April 2008.

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Photo of David Ruffley David Ruffley Shadow Minister (Home Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people had their vehicle stopped and searched under section 1 of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 in each year since 1997; and how many of those were (a) prosecuted and (b) convicted of (i) a notifiable offence and (ii) a terrorism-related offence in (A) each police force area and (B) England and Wales.

Photo of Vernon Coaker Vernon Coaker Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office) (Crime Reduction)

The available information held by the Ministry of Justice is given in the following table for the period 1998-99 to 2005-06 (latest available). Information on searches of 'persons' and 'vehicles only' cannot be separately identified prior to 1998-99. The information collected centrally by the Ministry of Justice on stop and searches is not linked with details of any subsequent prosecutions and convictions.

Searches of vehicles( 1) under section 1 of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984, by police force area, 1998-99 to 2005-06 , England and Wales
Police force area 1998-99 1999-2000 2000-01 2001-02 2002-03 2003-04( 2) 2004-05( 2) 2005-06
Avon and Somerset 716 672 399 504 696 458 265 149
Bedfordshire 40 58 39 53 48 48 15 12
Cambridgeshire 90 77 114 207 223 202 166 18
Cheshire 966 796 603 364 634 350 888 368
Cleveland 277 190 218 159 150 129 125 99
Cumbria 475 360 284 281 96 78 91 134
Derbyshire 1,259 1,583 500 431 433 424 366 248
Devon and Cornwall 944 702 601 707 481 293 92 126
Dorset 241 450 474 193 157 126 74 77
Durham 84 93 64 117 85 79 84 39
Essex 725 887 1,115 775 518 157 141 66
Gloucestershire 519 650 562 567 629 560 618 30
Greater Manchester 1,752 1,555 1,338 1,323 1,571 678 713 358
Hampshire 207 448 243 202 182 203 221 96
Hertfordshire 488 407 372 304 31 185 244 86
Humberside 6 144 23 170 144 164 25
Kent 7,218 5,657 2,595 1,230 535
Lancashire 611 438 695 631 694 608 281
Leicestershire 878 303 439 1,069 471 814 1,753 2,266
Lincolnshire 734 314 149 155 219 217 233 50
London, City of 2 10 13 5 25 5 30 40
Merseyside 1,095 581 1,753 1,770 1,313 200 143 117
Metropolitan Police 4,663 2,552 2,791 2,899 4,058 1,390 1,129 1,174
Norfolk 522 339 463 1,084 130 179 164 40
Northamptonshire 181 337 278 268 296 246 79 91
Northumbria 1,147 632 437 377 365 193 196 246
North Yorkshire 396 386 202 251 226 179 47 52
Nottinghamshire 241 140 286 269 349 820 101 235
South Yorkshire 703 863 929 734 681 419 424 517
Staffordshire 210 173 149 205 214 279 161 139
Suffolk 812 490 278 259 316 153 204 1,021
Surrey 119 71 82 69 78 91 63 43
Sussex 480 639 738 759 445 486 545 613
Thames Valley 773 467 437 343 607 274 213 264
Warwickshire 304 424 331 272 229 173 105 114
West Mercia 460 3,416 2,317 1,086
West Midlands 245 35 40 103
West Yorkshire 4,310 4,510 3,219 4,773 7,748 1,115 1,429 1,045
Wiltshire 813 542 432 349
Dyfed Powys 5,299 4,131 357 73 56 62 59 79
Gwent 1,058 812 682 731 422 270 303 116
North Wales 744 636 372 296 429 144 82 40
South Wales 826 1,008 741 806 412 168 118 8
England and Wales 43,016 39,013 27,978 27,037 26,359 12,725 12,559 10,522
(1) Searches may be conducted on vehicles only, occupants only, or both may be searched. Where a vehicle and driver occupier are searched simultaneously the search is recorded against the driver (occupant). Any other passengers searched are recorded as occupants. Data given in the table are where a vehicle only has been searched.

(2 )Figures have been updated since publication of the respective bulletins.

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.

Source:

Stops/Searches collection held by Office for Criminal Justice Reform.

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