Strip searches - 535/22

Date Responded 13 May 2022

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked:

1. The number of strip searches undertaken in the last 15 years

2. followed by a breakdown of ethnicity, gender and age.

3. If you could also provide some further information on the types of setting these searches take place i.e police van, school, refuge centre etc...

In Response:

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Corporate Development Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held in part by Northumbria Police.

I am able to disclose the located information to you with the following caveats noted.

• Data prior to April 2015 is not available as there is insufficient details to check if it was a full strip search.

• The below figures are the results of searches which were performed under Part 1. Section 1. Code A of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (PACE) 1984 - Code A deals with a police officer’s legal powers to search a person and or any vehicle prior to making any arrest.

1. From 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2022 there have been 333 strip searches undertaken.

Date Range

Asian or



Black or



Chinese or other ethnic group





1 April 2015 - 31 March 2022








Date Range



1 April 2015 - 31 March 2022




Date Range



1 April 2015 - 31 March 2022




3. No information is held regarding where the strip search took place.

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.

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