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Statistics for 2018-2019 on police powers and procedures published

Home Office official statistics


06 November 2019
Statistics for 2018-2019 on police powers and procedures published

The Home Office has published official statistics on how police powers and procedures have been used in the year ending 31 March 2019. These show trends in the use of stop and search, arrests for notifiable offences, detentions under the Mental Health Act 1983, fixed penalty notices for motoring offences, breath tests and other powers under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (PACE).

Key statistics include:

  • 58,251 stop and searches led to an arrest, an increase of 21% since last year’s figures.
  • 73% of stop and searches resulted in no further action.
  • Searches on suspicion of carrying an offensive weapon increased by 54% on the previous year; 64% of this increase can be attributed to the Metropolitan Police Service.
  • There was a 23% increase in the number of people detained under Part IV of PACE for over 24 hours before being released without charge.
  • Stops of Black and Minority Ethnic individuals have risen 34% since the previous year.
  • Those identifying as Black or Black British were 9.7 times more likely to be stopped than those who identify as White, a further widening of this differential which has been increasing since 2015.
  • Detentions under s.136 of the Mental Health Act 1983 (MHA) increased 12% on the previous year.


Experimental statistics (based on provisional and incomplete datasets due for future development) are also included on the use of police powers under s.135 of the MHA, as well as on the use of pre-charge bail.

A more detailed breakdown can be found here.

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