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?
Tackling the harm caused by drug-related activity in Test Valley is one of our key priorities. Andover is a location that is targeted by ‘county lines’ drug networks. 6 lines are active in Andover. There are currently 11 'cuckooed' properties in the town, which is when someone is alleged to have taken over an address to use for things like drug dealing.
The majority of our stops are for drugs or on the grounds there is a suspicion a weapon may be present.
Is our use of Stop and Search in Test Valley proportionate?
The latest data shows a black person is 20.1 times more likely than a white person to be stopped in Test Valley.
We know this number will shock people and have worked hard to ensure we have a better understanding of this. It is vital that any stop itself is lawful and proportionate.
Disproprotionality numbers are calculated using data from the 2011 Census at present. With the breakdown of this, for every one black person stopped by officers in the Test Valley district, more than 100 white people would need to be stopped for the disproportionality number to be zero.
In this period, seven black people were searched, which would mean we would have to carry out more 700 stops of white people. Of those seven stops, five men and one woman were from London, and four of the men were stopped leaving one of our 'cuckooed' addresses.
Where can I find more information about stop and search in Test Valley?
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.