The force has a commitment to becoming more open and transparent. Part of this is being better at sharing and engaging on some of the powers that our police officers use to keep people safe, and that includes Stop and Search.
We believe that greater scrutiny will further ensure that our use of these is right and proper.
What are we searching for?
This was a period where the use of stop and search powers really increased mainly due to our focus on drug supply in the city. 66% of all searches were in relation to drug offences.
Drug-related harm is a priority across Hampshire Constabulary, and is one of our District Priorities for Portsmouth, with a focus on tackling and disrupting those who supply drugs in the city.
We have also seen a focus on those suspected of having stolen goods on them and those carrying offensive weapons.
Is our use of Stop and Search in Portsmouth proportionate?
During the last quarter, our data has shown that a black person is 7.4 times more likely to be stopped in Portsmouth than a white person is, this is an increase in disproportionality to the previous quarter where a black person was 3.7 times more likely to be stopped. During this period officers stop and searched 80 black people and 345 white people.
Disproportionality data is calculated using Census population figures.
We understand that this disproportionality will be a concern to people, and we are consantly working to review and understand this. A cross-section of stops also gets reviewed by the District's Independent Advisory Group, to ensure stops being carried our are lawful.
Where can I find more information about Stop and Search in Portsmouth?
You can see more about the numbers by looking at the infographic, below. We have also provided the same data in a different format if that is easier for you.