Stop and Search Scrutiny

The constabulary is keen for members of the public to be involved in the scrutiny of our use of powers such as stop and search and the way in which our officers and staff use force. The constabulary holds external scrutiny meetings on a quarterly basis. Future meetings taking place are listed below:

  • Use of Police Powers Scrutiny, 4th March 2019, 09:00-11:00 - Cheshire Constabulary HQ, Clemonds Hey, Oakmere Road, Winsford, CW7 2UA
  • Use of Police Powers Scrutiny, 4th June 2019 – 10:00-12:00 - Cheshire Constabulary HQ, Clemonds Hey, Oakmere Road, Winsford, CW7 2UA
  • Use of Police Powers Scrutiny, 5th September 2019 – 10:00-12:00 - Cheshire Constabulary HQ, Clemonds Hey, Oakmere Road, Winsford, CW7 2UA
  • Use of Police Powers Scrutiny, 5th December 2019 – 10:00-12:00 - Cheshire Constabulary HQ, Clemonds Hey, Oakmere Road, Winsford, CW7 2UA

There will also be regular community cohesion group meetings taking place throughout the year at police stations in your local area. If you would like to take part in any of these meetings or explore some of the other ways that you can get in involved please email us at engagement@cheshire.pnn.police.uk and we will respond to your email as quickly as possible.

Updates about all aspects of the scrutiny of your stop and search encounters will be published below.

Date Agenda & Data Minutes
4th September 2018 Agenda (.doc) Minutes (.xls)
5th June 2018 Agenda (.doc) Minutes (.xls)
10th April 2018 Agenda (.doc) Minutes (.doc)
19th February 2018 Agenda (.doc) Minutes (.doc)
Date Agenda Data Minutes
4th March 2019 Agenda Data Minutes (.doc)
4th September 2018 Agenda (.doc) Data (.doc) Minutes (.doc)
5th June 2018 Agenda (.doc) Data (.doc) Minutes (.doc)
8th March 2018 Agenda (.doc) Data (.doc) Minutes (.doc)
3rd November 2017 Agenda (.doc) Data (.doc) Minutes (.doc)

 

Cheshire Constabulary is clear about the importance of its officers carrying out fair and effective stop and searches. We are open and transparent about the data that we use to help us to determine whether our stop and searches are fair and effective. The information shown in this section of our website is also presented at internal and external scrutiny meetings across the force area. The data continues to mirror that for the country as a whole by showing that there is disparity between the rate of stop and searches carried out on black people compared to those carried out on white people."

To further our understanding of this disparity and in order to close the gap, the constabulary has this year taken the following actions:

Made Improvements to way in which we  collect data on the ethnicity age and gender of stop and search subjects

We are continuing with the scrutiny processes that were put in place following the 2015 HMICFRS report – every single stop and search encounter in Cheshire is scrutinsed by a supervisor with specialist knowledge of the grounds required for fair and effective stop and search encounter

- We are continuing to provide our officers with unconscious bias training throughout 2018/19

- We have commissioned an academic research paper which involved a researcher contacting people who have been the subject of stop and search in Cheshire in order to get their views. The report has been published on our website and we have already implemented several of the recommendations made in the report. The author of the report is continuing to work with the constabulary on a voluntary basis to collect feedback on a fortnightly basis with “call-backs” to subjects with a black and minority ethnic heritage a priority

- We have improved representation of black and minority ethnic groups at our independent advisory group (IAG) and  external scrutiny meetings

- We have acted on feedback from one of our IAG members and reviewed the accessibility of our “know your rights” stop and search information. We have provided our officers with guidance on how to access this information in different languages

- Formulation of a strategic stop to monitor progress on all of the above

If you would like to take part in any of our external scrutiny meetings or explore some of the other ways that you can get in involved please email us at engagement@cheshire.pnn.police.uk and we will respond to your email as quickly as possible

Macclesfield LPU Section 60 authorisation 3rd May 2019

Knutsford Royal May Day Fair, which runs for 5 days over the Bank Holiday weekend is an annual event that has taken place for over 100 years.  The fair is the largest in the North West and attracts people from all over Cheshire and her neighbouring counties. 

This year, police received credible intelligence regarding both tension between a local young male and a group of males from the GMP force area, and an intention by these males to attend the fair to commit violent offences against that young male and others.  The intelligence identified a group of males known to commit violent offences using weapons, namely knives.  This led the police to believe that serious violence may have occurred and that young people may have decided to carry weapons.

Assistant Chief Constable Burton authorised the use of powers under S60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act on Thursday May 2nd May 2019 18:00 until Friday May 3rd 2019 at 18:00.  This was reviewed over the course weekend and extended by ACC Burton on May 3rd for a further 24 hours.  Further extensions were granted by C/Supt Welsted on May 4th and May 5th meaning the Section 60 Powers were in place until 18:00 on 05/05/19.

In addition a Dispersal Authority under Section 34 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 which allows a police officer of or above the rank of Inspector to authorise the dispersal of persons in a specific area in order to prevent crime and disorder was granted  for a specific area in Knutsford.

British Transport Police supported the operation; the main mode of transport for young people into Knutsford is the rail network.

During the application of police powers Cheshire officers conducted 22 searches and a further 37 where conducted by British Transport Police officers.  No weapons were found by either force, however a number of young people were dealt with for personal possession of cannabis.

During the operation the impact on the community was continually assessed.  Social Media posts were monitored and overall the application of police powers was met with positive views.

Information from the community and those travelling to the fair indicated that the use of the Section 60, dispersal powers, and the tactics deployed at the train station was widely known both within Knutsford and the neighbouring towns.  As a result those with the propensity to cause violence and incidents were known to be choosing not to  come to the fair. 

Overall application of s60 appears to have been positive. 

Macclesfield LPU – section 60 authority 23rd March 2019

Police received credible intelligence of different groups of youths planning to congregate at the fair over the weekend period with an intention on fighting.    

As a direct result of this intelligence, Chief Constable Darren MARTLAND authorised the use of powers under S60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act running from 1400hrs on 23/03/19 until 0100hrs on 24/03/19 for the Town Centre and Station area of Macclesfield.  In addition, a Dispersal Authority under Section 34 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 which allows a police officer of or above the rank of Inspector to authorise the dispersal of persons in a specific area in order to prevent crime and disorder was granted for Macclesfield Town Centre.

Searches were carried out using this power but no one was arrested.

Macclesfield LPU – section 60 authority 22nd March 2019

Police received credible intelligence of different groups of youths planning to congregate at the fair over the weekend period with an intention on fighting.    

As a direct result of this intelligence, Chief Constable Darren MARTLAND authorised the use of powers under S60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act running from 1900hrs on 22/03/19 until 0100hrs on 23/03/19 for the Town Centre and Station area of Macclesfield.  In addition, a Dispersal Authority under Section 34 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 which allows a police officer of or above the rank of Inspector to authorise the dispersal of persons in a specific area in order to prevent crime and disorder was granted for Macclesfield Town Centre.

Two youths were arrested during the evening having made threats to assault police officers and for breaching a dispersal order.

Crewe LPU  Section 60 Authorisations  14th March 2019

Section 60 Authority granted by T/ACC Ngaire Waine between 1100 hours on Thursday 14th March and 0200 hours on Monday 18th March in an area encompassing Nantwich Road, Crewe. The grounds for authorising these powers were on the basis that a high volume of knife and weapon related incidents occurred in this area in the two weeks leading up to the authorisation. The incidents were unrelated and a number of offenders were arrested, however, the level of violence and the seemingly routine carrying of weapons in this area supported the granting of Section 60 powers. I have to provide the following information;

A total of 39 section 60 searches were conducted in the Nantwich Road area of Crewe between these times . Three arrests were made as a result of these searches.

The arrests were for drug driving, a drugs offence and one for carrying a baton. The section 60 authority was well advertised in local media outlets including the map of the area concerned.  Using this pro-active approach resulted in less weapons being carried during this period and that it contributed to a lower level of incidents  in the Crewe South area.

Crewe LPU Section 60 Authorisation 4th January 2019

Police received credible information that a group of Crewe teenage boys were intent on fighting in Congleton and Sandbach town centres. Two arrests were made that afternoon of a 14 and 15 year old boy found in possession of a large knife.

Assistant Chief Constable Hatchett authorised the use of powers under S60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act on 4th January 2019 between 17:30 hrs – 23:00 hrs 5th January 2019 for Crewe Town centre.

In addition a Dispersal Authority under Section 34 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 which allows a police officer of or above the rank of Inspector to authorise the dispersal of persons in a specific area in order to prevent crime and disorder was granted  for both Sandbach and Congleton Town centres. Two incidents were reported in the early evening of 04 01 2019 but no individuals were searched.

Crewe LPU Authorisation Section 60 22nd  September 2018

Police received credible information that there were tensions between groups of young people in the Sandbach area. Specific intelligence was received that youths intended to carry knives and intended to resolve a feud through violence whilst attending an event, Sandbach Wakes, on Saturday 22nd September 2018. The feud and the ongoing tensions were believed to be drugs related and the feud involved the recent death of a young male from a suspected drugs overdose. The intelligence led police to believe that serious violence may have occurred and that young people may have decided to carry weapons.

Assistant Chief Constable Bailey authorised the use of powers under S60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act on Saturday 22nd September 2018 13:00-23:00.

In addition a Dispersal Authority under Section 34 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 which allows a police officer of or above the rank of Inspector to authorise the dispersal of persons in a specific area in order to prevent crime and disorder was granted  for the Sandbach area.

22 Dispersals issued over Friday and Saturday by both Crewe and Sandbach Beat Teams, and a number of Sec 60 searches. No arrests made.

A group of young people from Crewe were stopped at the train station on Saturday searched using section  60 powers and found in possession of a mask and a number of latex gloves. The dispersal area was extended further geographically and all were dispersed back to Crewe, which  prevented further issues during that time period.