Gloucestershire Police Stop & Search

A personal view of stop & search and anti-racism by Gareth Kitchen.

You can use this link interrogate the Stop & Search data about Gloucestershire Constabulary.


PCC and Chief Constable

Last week I attended the Police Building Stronger Communities Roadshow at the Sub Rooms in Stroud, representing Stroud Against Racism.

It was an impressive audio visual production but without a formal questions and answers session.

However, in the break whilst 'mingling', persistence paid off and I was able to ask the newly elected Police and Crime Commissioner Chris Nelson and after the event, Chief Constable Rod Hansen, a few questions:-


Perpetuating racist stereotypes

The over-representation of people from racial and ethnic minorities in the Criminal Justice System is a serious concern.

The generally accepted minority ethnic diversity statistic for Gloucestershire is approx 5%. Comparing this to the national sentencing data from the Ministry of Justice the over-representation is clear.


Dove of peace Picasso

I have served on the Gloucestershire Police Stop & Search Scrutiny Panel for over two years where, more recently, I have been proud to represent Stroud Against Racism.

The Constabulary have engaged positively and I believe SAR has built up a good and respectful working relationship. This blog is representative of this engagement.


United Nations Logo


Stroud Against Racism Logo

SAR has to praise the Constabulary for releasing this long awaited report, warts & all.

Although these historic ethnicity figures are similar to those presented by other forces, be under no illusion, they are poor. We believe that the picture is actually worse than shown, due to data integrity issues in the 2018/19 period specific to Gloucestershire.


The long awaited report into stop & search in Gloucestershire has finally been published:-


Header of the report's front cover

The purpose of the report is to examine concerns relating to disproportional use of these powers based on protected characteristics, specifically Race.


An establishment paralysed by bluster and incompetence but our local communities, high streets, grassroot organisations and small businesses all stepped up to the plate to protect the vulnerable and support those in need.


Minutes from the Gloucestershire Constabulary Stop Search Community Scrutiny Panel meetings

May 2021 Skype Meeting (minutes pdf format)