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Police PACE stop and searches in England and Wales 2019/20, by reason for search

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) in fiscal year 2019/20, by reason for the search, shows that the most common reason by far was drugs. In total, the police made over 329 thousand stop and searches under PACE for that reason.

Police stop and searches in England and Wales under section 1 of PACE* in 2019/20 , by reason for search

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Source

Release date

October 2020

Region

United Kingdom

Survey time period

April 1st, 2019 to March 31st, 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."
* 'Other' includes searches conducted for fireworks, etc and searches under section 43 of the Terrorism Act 2000.
The source states that Avon and Somerset were unable to accurately categorize the reason for a number of section 1 stops and searches in 2016/2017. The unknowns have been included in the 'other' category.

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