UK: proportion of police stop and searches resulting in arrests 2018/19 by ethnicity

This statistic shows the proportion of stop and searches carried out by the police in England and Wales which resulted in an arrest in the fiscal year 2018/19, by ethnicity. 50 percent of all stop and searches conducted on people self-defined as 'white' and Asian resulted in an arrest. This was followed by those with 'black or black British' ethnicity, at 19 percent.

Proportion of police stop and searches* resulting in arrests in England and Wales in 2018/19, by ethnicity

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Release date

October 2019


United Kingdom

Survey time period

April 1st, 2018 to March 31st, 2019

Supplementary notes

* Stop and searches conducted under the following legislation:
Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE), section 1
Criminal Justice and Public Order Act (1994), section 60. 3. Excludes Merseyside stop and search data.
Excludes vehicle only searches.
**Ethnicity was self-defined by the person who had been stopped and searched.

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