Police PACE stop and searches in England and Wales 2002-2019

This statistic shows 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 2018/19. 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 383,629.

Police stop and searches in England and Wales under section 1 of PACE* from 2002/03 to 2018/19

Police stop and searches
'18-'19383,629
'17-'18282,380
'16-'17304,132
'15-'16383,595
'14-'15541,144
'13-'14 904,038
'12-'13 1,017,542
'11-'12 1,189,882
'10-'11 1,303,540
'09-'10 1,405,985
'08-'09 1,519,561
'07-'08 1,233,208
'06-'07 1,050,438
'05-'06 974,998
'04-'05 940,118
'03-'04 823,678
'02-'03 971,735
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Source

Release date

October 2019

Region

United Kingdom

Survey time period

2002 to 2019

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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