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Stop and Search data Dec 2020 - Dec 2021

 


12 month overview

Stop and search is a police power that aims to protect the public, tackle crime and keep streets safe. In the last 12 months, police officers have carried out 3,009 stop and searches. This compares to 3,328 stop and searches in the 12 months ending November 2020.

Full details of all stop and searches carried out by Cambridgeshire Constabulary are published internally each month. This data can then be reviewed to ensure that the use of stop and search powers is both reasonable and fair, and to identify areas of learning. Data is also published externally each month on police.uk

 2021 Stop search statistics per month
 Type of search Jan 21 Feb 21 Mar 21 Apr 21 May 21 Jun 21 Jul 21 Aug 21 Sept 21 Oct 21 Nov 21  Dec 21 R12 months 
Number of stop searches 358  265  287 233 220 248 180 205 243 263 267 202 2971
Person search 285  200  224 175 167 207 137 168 195 203 216 162 2,339 (78.7%)
Person and vehicle search 51  52  39 40 39 28 32 28 38 49 41 32 469 (15.8%)
Vehicle search 22  13  24 18 14 13 11 9 10 11 10 8 163 (5.5%)

2020 - 2021 comparison

Bar chart

Stop search data comparison bar chart of 2020 and 2021 

The data for this chart can be found in the table below:

2020 - 2021 comparison chart data
Number of stop searchesJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Last year (2020) 228 204 233 359 435 339 298 206 189 286 296 240
This year (2021) 358 265 287 233 220 248 180 205 243 263 267 202

 

Type of stop and search

Police officers must have a good reason for stopping and searching someone, therefore they are required to record the grounds for the stop and search in full to ensure that it stands up to both internal and external scrutiny.

Police can stop and search someone if

  • They think someone is carrying a weapon, drugs, stolen property or offensive items to commit criminal damage
  • There has been serious violence or disorder in the vicinity
  • It is part of anti-terrorism efforts

71.4% of all stop and searches in the last 12 months were drugs-related. A further 13.6% of stop and searches were on suspicion that the person was carrying a weapon. Ongoing monitoring of this data allows the Constabulary to better understand how stop and search activity aligns with local and force priorities

Type of stop and search 2021
 TypeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecR12 monthsR12 months
Criminal Damage 3 0 3 0 2 2 5 1 1 7 2 5 31 1.0%
Drugs 279 182 228 167 162 176 120 146 169 176 199 117 2,121 71.4%
Firearms 2 0 0 0 4 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 9 0.3%
Going equipped 37 34 29 26 20 26 17 14 36 36 34 28 337 11.3%
Offensive weapons 26 45 20 29 27 39 35 43 29 38 27 47 405 13.6%
Psychoactive substances 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.1%
Stolen property 11 0 7 7 3 3 3 1 7 4 4 4 54 1.8%
Terrorism 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.0%
Violence 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0%
Other reason 0 4 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 10 0.3%
Total 358 265 287 233 220 248 180 205 243 263 267 202

2971

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Demographics: Gender, age and ethnicity

Police officers should record the gender, age and ethnicity of every person who is stopped and searched. This information is key to being able to monitor disproportionality and to take appropriate action where necessary.

The Constabulary has historically used census information to better understand if any groups are disproportionately represented. However, a new approach has been recently adopted whereby the profile of people stopped and searched is also compared to the profile of suspects on crimes committed in our force area; this is likely to be a better representation of the people who come into contact with the police.

 

Stop and search gender demographics 2021
GenderJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecR12 monthsR12 months
Male 294 224 230 189 190 218 157 175 201 232 232 172 2,514 89.5%
Female 41 28 32 26 16 17 12 20 32 19 25 21 289 10.3%
Not stated 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 5 0.2%
Total 336 252 263 215 206 235 169 196 233 252 257 194 2,808  -

 

Stop and search age demographics 2021
Age rangeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecR12 monthsR12 months
10-14 12 3 10 11 6 9 3 6 5 13 9 15 102 3.6%
15-17 43 46 40 36 27 51 34 32 30 56 46 33 474 16.9%
18-25 140 105 107 87 82 74 54 54 73 84 87 60 1,007 35.9%
26-35 69 42 57 31 34 35 26 39 32 37 49 35 486 17.3%
36-45 25 25 22 23 20 36 24 26 40 25 30 21 317 11.3%
46-55 10 10 9 5 11 7 7 11 19 10 16 11 126 4.5%
56-65 6 3 1 2 4 0 3 2 6 3 3 4 37 1.3%
Over 65 0 0 1 1 0 1 2 0 0 1 0 1 7 0.2%
Age not stated 31 18 16 19 22 22 16 26 28 23 17 14 252 9.0%
Total 336 252 263 215 206 235 169 196 233 252 257 194 2,808  -

 

Stop and search ethnicity demographics 2021
EthnicityJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecR12 months R12 months
Asian 42 12 27 17 16 27 11 15 15 24 22 12 240 8.5%
Black 19 13 13 17 12 8 10 12 16 13 9 12 154 5.5%
Mixed 14 12 8 6 4 3 4 7 11 12 7 3 91 3.2%
Other 5 1 9 4 2 7 7 7 5 3 5 3 58 2.1%
White 173 154 153 128 117 138 100 111 145 158 173 134 1,684 60.0%
Not stated 83 60 53 43 55 52 37 44 41 42 41 30 581 20.7%
Total 336 252 263 215 206 235 169 196 233 252 257 194 2,808  -

 

Find rates

Find rates -  2021
ArticleJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecR12 months R12 months
Article found - linked 101 70 78 72 67 73 57 62 79 91 86 63 899 30.3%
Article found - not linked 20 10 10 5 10 13 14 14 24 20 15 13 168 5.7%
Nothing found 237 185 199 156 143 162 109 129 140 152 166 126 1,904 64.1%
Total 358 265 287 233 220 248 180 205 243 263 267 202 2971  -

In 30% of stop and searches over the last 12 months, the articles found by officers were linked to the reason for the search. A further 5.7% of stop and searches resulted in other unrelated articles being found, however, in over 64% of cases, nothing was found.

Data published monthly allows the Constabulary to monitor how find rates vary across the different types of searches. The collection of demographic data further enables the Constabulary to monitor the extent to which find rates vary between people from different ethnic groups, highlighting potential areas of disproportionality

2020 - 2021 comparison

Bar chart

Stop search find rates data comparison bar chart of 2020 and 2021 

 

Bar chart data can be found below:

Find rates - bar chart data
 YearJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Last year (2020) 35.5% 33.3% 34.3% 31.5% 29.4% 33.3% 31.9% 36.4% 33.9% 37.4% 33.8% 30.8%
This year (2021) 33.8% 30.2% 30.7% 33.0% 35.0% 34.7% 39.4% 37.1% 42.4% 42.2% 37.8% 37.6%

 

Outcomes

Over 29% of stop and searches in the last 12 months led to a positive outcome: this included 361 arrests (both related and unrelated to the stop) and 336 community resolutions

However, over 71% led to no further action being taken. Work to better understand this is ongoing

Stop and search outcomes 2021
OutcomeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecR12 months R12 months
Arrested 18 26 22 26 19 24 30 28 40 50 43 35 361 12.2%
Caution 6 7 6 3 4 4 1 3 3 7 3 3 50 1.7%
Community Resolution 47 23 35 29 18 27 21 15 28 31 41 21 336 11.3%
Formal warning for cannabis 0 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 0 2 0 11 0.4%
Fixed penalty notice for disorder 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.0%
Khat (cannabis) warning 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0%
Report for summons 21 9 8 7 8 7 10 7 9 10 6 8 110 3.7%
Suspected psychoactive substance seized 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0%
All positive outcomes 92 66 73 66 51 63 63 54 81 98 95 67 869 29.2%
Other 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0%
No further action 266 199 214 167 169 185 117 151 162 165 172 135 2,102 70.8%
Total 358 265 287 233 220 248 180 205 243 263 267 202 2971  -

 

 

 

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