Sussex racism is falling despite nation-wide rise
Discrimination in Police stop and searches in Sussex is half the national average and falling, a report has revealed.
Racial disproportionality - the ratio of the stop and search rates for different ethnic groups - has decreased in stop and searches in Sussex since 2007, bucking the national trends which show a steady increase from 2006 to 2010.
This comes two years after Crawley was found to be the only place in Sussex with race disproportionality in stop and account data - showing the number of people stopped in a public place and asked to explain their actions by police.
In 2010 Asian people were 1.2 times more likely to be asked to ‘account for themselves’ than white ; mixed race people were 1.6 times more likely and black were 2.5 times more likely.
The stop and account data for 2012 is not known as the Street Intervention Accountability Meeting (SIAM) has not considered this data since 2007.
A neighbourhood policing scrutiny committee report shows that nationally, black people were stopped and searched seven times more than white people in 2009/2010, compared to six times more in 2006/07.
Asian people were stopped and searched 2.2 times more than white people in 2009/10, compared with 1.9 times more in 2006/07.
But in Sussex, the black/white disproportionality ratio is less than half that seen nationally and it is falling yearly.
In 2007 black people were stopped and searched 8.3 times more than white people, compared with 3.3 times more in 2012.
Asian people were stopped and searched 2.3 times more than white people, compared with 1.3 times more in 2012.
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