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Police PACE stop and searches in England and Wales 2002-2020

Data on the amount of stop and searches carried out by the police in England and Wales under section 1 of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE) from fiscal year 2002/03 to fiscal year 2019/20 shows that searches peaked in this period in 2008/09 when the number carried out exceeded 1.5 million. Throughout this period the amount of stop and searches has been decreasing and in 2018/19 it amounted to only 366,912. However, in the most recent period 2019/20, the numbers picked up again to 558,973 searches.

Police stop and searches in England and Wales under section 1 of PACE* from 2002/03 to 2019/20

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Source

Release date

October 2020

Region

United Kingdom

Survey time period

2002 to 2020

Supplementary notes

* PACE= Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984. The section 1 legislation "gives police the power to search persons and/or vehicles for a range of items including stolen property, offensive weapons, controlled drugs or evidence that a person is a terrorist."
Data from 2009/10 onwards includes the British Transport Police (BTP). BTP did not provide data to the Home Office prior to 2009/10, therefore data from before this period are not directly comparable with more recent years.

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