Best Use of Stop and Search Scheme

Stop Search logoCambridgeshire Constabulary voluntarily signed up to the Home Office Best Use of Stop Search Scheme in August 2014. There is a link below describing the scheme in more detail.

Best Use of Stop and Search Scheme

The scheme aims to help significantly reduce the overall use of stop and search, deliver better and more intelligence-led stop and search, and improve stop-to-arrest ratios. Features of the scheme include:

Reducing Section 60 Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994

By signing up to the scheme, Cambridgeshire Constabulary commits to becoming more accountable with regards its strategic use of section 60 Criminal justice and Public Order Act 1994, 'no-suspicion' stop and searches. In particular, authorisations will now sit at the very highest command level, local affected communities will be informed, maximum initial authorisation timescales will be reduced from 24 to 15 hours in duration and there will be an increased threshold level prior to implementing the power.

(Only two such Section 60 authorisations have been granted within Cambridgeshire since 2013)

Operation Insight

Cambridgeshire Constabulary offers people the opportunity to accompany police officers on patrol in order to observe their work first-hand. This opportunity is subject to an appropriate level of vetting and is only open to persons aged 16 and over. If you are interested in this opportunity please contact

Community Scrutiny Group

Cambridgeshire Constabulary has established a local scrutiny panel that will hold the force to account on any stop and search issues. The members of this panel will reflect and represent the diverse communities of Cambridgeshire. The group meet on a quarterly basis and specifically examine stop searches, scrutinise complaints arising from stop search and where applicable, instigate a Community Trigger. If you are interested in becoming a member of the community scrutiny group please contact T/Ch Inspector Ian Ford using the 101 number or via email at

Community Complaints Trigger

To ensure Cambridgeshire Constabulary is fully accountable for its actions, a community complaint will be triggered if there is a significant increase in public concern about our use of stop and search. Currently every single complaint is examined by the independent scrutiny group who will implement the Trigger if there is a need.

Examples may include:

  • A significant rise in the amount of stop and search related complaints against police.
  • A significant change in the numbers of one ethnic group being stopped and searched compared to others.
  • A single stop and search incident that has caused considerable concern within the community

Improved Data Capture

Cambridgeshire Constabulary have ensured that the outcome of all stop and searches are clearly recorded. The force will also show the link, or lack of one, between the object of the search and the outcome.

Cambridgeshire Constabulary have developed a mobile data solution to record stop search electronically on data terminals, mobile devices and slates. This facilitates more accurate recording, immediate supervision and provides efficiencies within the service.

Data from all stop searches in Cambridgeshire will be mapped on to the Police.Uk website.

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