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Dyfed-Powys Police

About this force

Recording stop and account? No
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About the PCC in this area

Police & Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn (Plaid Cymru)
Email address opcc@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk
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Key statements on stop and search

“Ensure that stop and search is carried out lawfully, and is not disproportionate, discriminatory, or damaging to relations within and between our communities”

How many searches do police do?

April 2018 – March 2019

The police conducted 2,911 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Dyfed-Powys Police.

This was an increase of 30% from the previous year.

There were 0 stop and searches under Section 60 Criminal Justice & Public Order Act, a power which doesn’t require individual reasonable suspicion.

April 2017 – March 2018

The police conducted 2,235 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Dyfed-Powys Police.

This was a reduction of 11% from the previous year.

There were 0 stop and searches under Section 60 Criminal Justice & Public Order Act, a power which doesn’t require individual reasonable suspicion.

April 2016 – March 2017

The police conducted 2,522 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Dyfed-Powys Police.

This was a reduction of 36% from the previous year.

There were 0 stop and searches under Section 60 Criminal Justice & Public Order Act, a power which doesn’t require individual reasonable suspicion.

Stop and account

Dyfed-Powys Police do not record stop and accounts.

What are searches targeted at?

Target Proportion of searches
Drugs70%
Other25%
Going equipped4%
Criminal damage1%
Offensive weapons<1%
Firearms<1%
Stolen property<1%

How effective are police stop and searches?

Seven out of every ten searches conducted by Dyfed-Powys in 2018/19 were for drugs instead of being directed at more serious or violent crime. Dyfed-Powys has consistently had one of the highest proportion of drugs searches of all police forces across England and Wales.

April 2018 – March 2019

14% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

April 2017 – March 2018

9% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

April 2016 – March 2017

5% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

Who is getting searched?

Due to the low volume of searches of ethnic minorities and their small population size, the disproportionality figures quoted below should be interpreted with caution. The raw figures produced by the police force show that of the total 2,911 searches in 2018/19, approximately 2,549 were of white people, 37 of Asians, 34 were black, 25 of mixed ethnicities, and 3 were from an 'other' background.

There were no recorded searches carried out under section 60, a power that does not require officers to have suspicion to believe that a person is carrying weapons in order to search them for those items.

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 7.9
White : Asian 1 : 1.7
White : Mixed 1 : 2.5
White : Other 1 : 0.2