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Police Powers and Procedures England and Wales 2010/11

This release draws together statistics on the following topics: arrests for recorded crime; stops and searches under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE); breath tests and police action in relation to motoring offences.

Headline figures from the 2010/11 statistics show that in the 12 months to 31 March 2011, the police in England and Wales:

  • arrested 1.4 million people, two per cent fewer than in 2009/10;
  • stopped and searched 1.3 million people and/or their vehicles, eight per cent fewer than in 2009/10; and
  • breath tested 0.7 million people (in 2010), ten per cent fewer than in 2009.

More detailed information, covering a range of police powers and procedures, is available within the following six topics:

Information about each topic is available in the User Guide to Police Powers and Procedures Statistics. The guide contains a glossary of terms, notes on interpreting the figures, and information on sources of data on other police powers.

This release replaces the previous Home Office Statistical Bulletin on Police Powers and Procedures. Despite the change in mode of publication the summary text and tables are broadly similar; in addition, manipulable datasets for some topics can now be provided.

Future editions of this annual release will be published on dates announced via the UK Statistics Authority’s Publication Hub: Release Calendar

Date: Thu Apr 19 09:30:00 BST 2012

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