Official figures from Sussex Police show more than 8,524 people were stopped and searched during 2020 – a rate of 508 per 100,000 people.
That was a 6% increase in comparison to 2019’s figures.
The figures reveal the objects police were looking for – from drugs to weapons to stolen goods – but not what they actually found, although they do tell us how many searches led to an arrest.
So what do we know about stop and search in Sussex?
Here we reveal everything you need to know.
1. Stop and search
8,524 people were stopped and searched in 2020.
2. Vehicle and person searched
3067 people and their vehicles were searched.
3. Men more likely to be stopped and searched
Men were most likely to be stopped and searched. They made up 86% of recorded incidents.
4. Different ages more likely to be stopped and searched
Those aged 18 - 24 were most likely to be stopped and searched. They made up 33% of recorded incidents.