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National Police Chiefs’ Council coronavirus fines analysis

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04 August 2020
National Police Chiefs’ Council coronavirus fines analysis

Following recent analysis of the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) data by Liberty Investigates and The Guardian in May, which found that BAME people were 54% times more likely than white people to be fined under the coronavirus regulations, the NPCC has published a full analysis of the national data.

The analysis by the Government Statistical Service of Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) issued by English and Welsh police forces between 27 March and 25 May 2020 under the coronavirus regulations shows that a total of 17,039 FPNs were issued to individuals during this time, equivalent to around 3 per 10,000 resident population. Rates of FPNs issued on the basis of force area where the individual was present at the time the fine was issued, and the force area where the individual issued the fine was normally resident, were analysed.

The national analysis showed:

  • 70% of FPNs were issued to men aged under 45, while they represent 22% of the resident population
  • Young men (18-34) accounted for 57% of those issued with an FPN, while they make up 14% of the resident population
  • FPNs were issued to BAME people at a rate of 4.0 per 10,000 population, compared with a rate of 2.5 per 10,000 population for white people. The rates per 10,000 were highest for Asian (4.7) and black people (4.6)
  • The disparity rate (ie the rates per 10,000 BAME people as a ratio of the rates per 10,000 white people), was shown to be 1.6 times higher for BAME people than white people
  • Disparity rates were higher than the BAME average for Asian and black people (at 1.8 times higher than white people for both groups). Those in the mixed ethnic group experienced a rate 1.2 times higher than white people
  • Young men from BAME backgrounds (18-34) were over-represented at around twice the rate of young white men in the same age groups
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