Black people in Essex more likely to be targeted by stop and search, data shows
Despite an increase in the overall number of police officers employed by Essex Police Force in the last year, only five of them were Black in 2019/20 – the same number as 2018/19. Just 0.1 per cent of the force are Black, which was down slightly from 0.2 per cent, while 95.2 per cent are white. It means the force is much less diverse than the actual population of Essex, with white people making up 92.4 per cent of residents, and Black people 2.2 per cent of the population. Meanwhile, Black people were nearly five times more likely than white people to be stopped and searched by Essex Police in 2019/20 – although the difference was slightly smaller than the year before.
D&I data from Essex Police, UK.