Stop and Search (11295/19)

Request

I would be grateful if you could release information on stop and search.

I would like to know the number of stop and searches under section 60 since 2015, broken down by year.

I would also like to know the number of Section 60 authorisations over the same period.

Response

Please find our response below.

Year Authorities Searches
2015 11 58
2016 9 43
2017 15 25
2018 28 283
2019 (to 27/06) 41 1,990

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 a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.

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