Stop & Search (4901_14)

Request

  1. The 100 Officers in your force who have completed the most number of stop and searches under Section 1 of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (PACE), section 23 of the Misuse of Drugs Act and Section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act, supplied in a excel spreadsheet and numbered appropriately.
  2. A breakdown of each stop and search they conducted under these laws by age, race, gender, law under which stop and search took place, reason cited for stop and search taking place and the general area the stop and search took place.
  3. The outcome of each of the stop and searches, i.e positive outcome, warning for cannabis possession, No Further Action and so on.

Could all of the data provided cover a six-month period from 1st October 2013 to 31st March 2014, with the date the search took place also given as well as summary details for the stop and search.

Response

See attached (4901_attachment_01.pdf). Please note, the recording of Gender is not a requirement of a Stop and Search and is therefore not held.

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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