Stop and Search data archive

Following a review by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland (HMICS), a number of issues were identified in relation to the accuracy of some stop and search data held on Police Scotland’s national database. HMICS stated in its review that Police Scotland should focus on future improvements rather than on the historical data. 

To address the recommendations from HMICS together with recommendations from reviews by the Scottish Police Authority and the Service itself, Police Scotland has put in place an improvement plan.  The plan sets out a number of activities which will be undertaken between now and early 2016.  These improvements will enhance how the tactic is used, how activity is recorded and provide greater transparency in relation to the use of stop and search.

For the purposes of transparency, Police Scotland has published the data captured between 1 April 2013 to 31 July 2015. You can download the Excel files by clicking on the below links. 

 Date Format Size
 1 April 2013 - 31 March 2014 Excel
 CSV
 56mb 
 102mb
 1 April 2014 - 22 March 2015 Excel
 CSV
 37mb 
 67mb
 23 March - 31 March 2015 Excel
 CSV
 3.6mb 
 961kb
 1 April - 31 May 2015 Excel
 CSV
 3.9mb 
 6mb


The csv files and excel files are very large. If the files do not open immediately then right click and select 'Save target as' or 'Save link as'.

Additional information

Stop and Search information 1st April - 31st May 2015.

Stop and Search information 23rd March - 31st March 2015.

Stop and Search 2014-15 information.

Stop and Search 2013-14 information.

Stop and Search 2014-15 Ethnic Group table.

Stop and Search 2013-14 Ethnic Group table.