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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 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.

April 2015 – March 2016

The police conducted 3,919 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Dyfed-Powys Police.

This was a reduction of 26% 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
Drugs66%
Other29%
Going equipped4%
Offensive weapons0%
Firearms<1%
Criminal damage0%
Stolen property0%

How effective are police stop and searches?

A staggering 66% all searches in 2017/18 in Dyfed-Powys was for drugs rather than serious or violent crime; this is down from 77% on the previous year. Dyfed-Powys has consistently had the highest proportion of drugs searches of all police forces in Wales, and one of the highest across England and Wales.

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.

April 2015 – March 2016

11% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

Who is getting searched?

Disproportionality has been largely stable across Dyfed-Powys, alongside a reduction in the total number of searches. Due to the low number of searches of black, Asian and mixed people in 2016/17 (6, 17 and 14, respectively), the disproportionality figures quoted below should be interpreted with caution, particularly the white:black figure.

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 : 1.8
White : Asian 1 : 2.1
White : Mixed 1 : 1.1
White : Other 1 : 0.1