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.
5. Children stopped and searched
1874 children aged between 10 and 17 were stopped and searched, as well as seven children aged under 10.
6. White people less likely to be stopped and searched
People who were defined as Black, Asian, mixed race or any other minority ethnicity by officers were three times more likely to be stopped and searched than those who were defined as White.
7. Controlled drugs
Controlled drugs were the reason behind 4,227 searches.
8. Offensive weapons
Offensive weapons were the reason behind 1,152 searches.