Stop and Search

Home Department written question – answered on 6th April 2010.

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Photo of Keith Vaz Keith Vaz Chair, Home Affairs Committee, Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee, Chair, Home Affairs Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department

(1) how many stop and search procedures were performed on members of each ethnic minority in each of the last five years;

(2) how many stop and search procedures were performed (a) by Leicestershire Police, (b) by officers of police authorities in the East Midlands and (c) in England in each of the last five years;

(3) how many stop and search procedures were performed on people in each age group in each of the last five years.

Photo of David Hanson David Hanson Minister of State (Home Office) (Crime and Policing)

Data on stop and search procedures performed by ethnic appearance in each of the last five years can be found in table 1.

Data on stop and search procedures performed (a) by Leicestershire police, (b) by officers of police authorities in the East Midlands and (c) in England in each of the last five years can be found in table 2.

The stop and searches collection held by the Home Office does not breakdown stop and search procedures by age group.

Table 1: Stop and search procedures performed, under sections 1, 60, 44(1) and 44(2), by ethnic appearance
2007-08
Main Searches of persons under section 1-general Searches of persons in anticipation of violence under section 60 Searches of vehicles and occupants under section 44(1) Searches of persons in order to prevent acts of terrorism under section 44(2) Total
White 738,505 35,973 42,006 31,961 848,445
Black 172,393 11,837 8,753 6,465 199,448
Asian 89,781 4,125 10,878 9,890 114,674
Other 17,755 433 2,773 3,154 24,115
Not Recorded 17,004 757 807 591 19,159
Vehicle Only Searched 10,485 125 7,409 - 18,019
Total 1,045,923 53,250 72,626 52,061 1,223,860
2006-07
Main Searches of persons under section 1-general Searches of persons in anticipation of violence under section 60 Searches of vehicles and occupants under section 44(1) Searches of persons in order to prevent acts of terrorism under section 44(2) Total
White 690,643 25,520 16,878 9,695 742,736
Black 152,120 13,219 2,412 1,230 168,981
Asian 77,421 4,522 3,127 2,438 87,508
Other 14,755 618 756 909 17,038
Not Recorded 20,174 780 312 206 21,472
Vehicle Only Searched 7,784 48 4,871 - 12,703
Total 962,897 44,707 28,356 14,478 1,050,438
2005-06
Main Searches of persons under section 1-general Searches of persons in anticipation of violence under section 60 Searches of vehicles and occupants under section 44(1) Searches of persons in order to prevent acts of terrorism under section 44(2) Total
White 629,624 22,702 19,187 11,650 683,163
Black 133,769 7,199 2,046 2,110 145,124
Asian 68,173 4,856 2,809 3,994 79,832
Other 13,967 594 944 994 16,499
Not Recorded 32,620 897 493 316 34,326
Vehicle Only Searched 10,522 28 5,504 - 16,054
Total 888,675 36,276 30,983 19,064 974,998
2004-05
Main Searches of persons under section 1-general( 1) Searches of persons in anticipation of violence under section 60 Searches of vehicles and occupants under section 44(1) Searches of persons in order to prevent acts of terrorism under section 44(2) Total
White 16,383 23,405 17,337 7,456 64,581
Black 180 9,926 2,113 631 12,850
Asian 96 6,858 2,659 1,047 10,660
Other 295 810 842 587 2,534
Not Recorded 4,047 576 402 146 5,171
Vehicle Only Searched 95 36 3,793 - 3,924
Total 861,494 41,611 27,146 9,867 940,118
2003-04
Main Searches of persons under section 1-general Searches of persons in anticipation of violence under section 60 Searches of vehicles and occupants under section 44(1) Searches of persons in order to prevent acts of terrorism under section 44(2) Total
White 547,369 23,868 14,806 5,840 591,883
Black 108,208 9,385 2,146 558 120,297
Asian 53.794 5,627 2,571 1,097 63,089
Other 10,796 688 904 418 12,806
Not Recorded 16,552 625 867 209 18,253
Vehicle Only Searched 12,725 243 4,396 10 17,374
Total 749,444 40,436 25,690 8,132 74,258
'- 'Data not broken down by vehicle only search

(1) Data for searches of person under section 1-general has been estimated

Table 2: Stop and search procedures performed in Leicestershire, East Midlands and England, under sections 1, 60, 44(1) and 44(2)
2007-08
Police force area Searc hes of persons under section 1- general Searches of persons in anticipation of violence under section 60 Searches of vehicles and occupants under section 44(1 ) Searches of persons in order to prevent acts of terrorism under section 44(2) Total
Leicestershire 24,181 837 4 5 25,027
East Midlands Region 64,905 1,522 8 5 66,440
England 1,004,004 52,592 59,697 51,630 1,177,923
2006-07
Police force area Searches of persons under section 1-general Searches of persons in anticipation of violence under section 60 Searches of vehicles and occupants under section 44(1) Searches of persons in order to prevent acts of terrorism under section 44(2) Total
Leicestershire 21,849 744 - 2 22,595
East Midlands Region 61,508 2,339 5 4 63,856
England 919,816 44,458 24,878 12,701 1,001,853
2005- 06
Police force area Searches of persons under section 1-general Searches of persons in anticipation of violence under section 60 Searches of vehicles and occupants under section 44(1) Searches of persons in order to prevent acts of terrorism under section 44(2) Total
Leicestershire 17,923 1,039 1 27 18,990
East Midlands Region 52,904 2,317 11 223 55,455
England 848,400 35,596 28,861 18,781 931,638
2004-05
Police force area Searches of persons under section 1-general Searches of persons in anticipation of violence under section 60 Searches of vehicles and occupants under section 44(1) Searches of persons in order to prevent acts of terrorism under section 44(2) Total
Leicestershire 15,350 583 0 0 15,933
East Midlands Region 44,958 1,266 0 0 46,224
England 811,300 40,783 23,731 10,209 886,023
2003-04
Police force area Searches of persons under section 1-general Searches of persons in anticipation of violence under section 60 Searches of vehicles and occupants under section 44(1) Searches of persons in order to prevent acts of terrorism under section 44(2) Total
Leicestershire 12,523 1,005 7 2 13,537
East Midlands Region 38,585 1,384 7 2 39,978
England 710,826 40,409 25,118 7,501 783,854

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