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Police Powers and Procedures, England and Wales 2008-09

NCJ Number
Timothy Hand; Amartej Singh Rishiraj; Ravi Mulchandani
David Povey
Date Published
April 2010
79 pages
This bulletin from the Home Office in the United Kingdom presents findings for 2008/09 on police powers and procedures in England and Wales.
Main findings from this survey indicate that the number of persons arrested for recorded crime fell by 1 percent between 2007/08 and 2008/09; recorded crime decreased by 5 percent during the same period; the police stopped and searched 1,513,759 persons and/or vehicles in 2008/09, an increase of 24 percent from 2007/08; the number of fixed penalty notices (FPNs) issued by the police for driving offences (2.3 million) was down 12 percent from 2007 levels; of these 2.3 million notices, 54 percent were for speed limit offenses; and from 2007 to 2008, there was a 19 percent increase in screening breath tests carried out by the police. This Home Office Statistical Bulletin presents statistics on police powers and procedures during 2008/09. This information is presented in five chapters: Chapter 1 - Arrests and Detentions; Chapter 2 - Stops and Searches; Chapter 3 - Fixed Penalty Notices; Chapter 4 - Breath Tests; and Chapter 5 - Police Powers statistics published elsewhere. Figures, tables, and appendix