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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.

Stop and account

Dyfed-Powys Police do not record stop and accounts.

What are searches targeted at?

Target Proportion of searches
Drugs73%
Other21%
Going equipped5%
Criminal damage1%
Offensive weapons<1%
Firearms<1%
Stolen property<1%

How effective are police stop and searches?

A staggering 73% of all searches conducted by Dyfed-Powys in 2017/18 was for drugs instead of  being directed at more serious or violent crime. 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.

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 2,235 searches in 2017/18, approximately were 1,969 of white people, 17 of Asians, 14 of mixed ethnicities, 6 were black and 1 was 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 : 1.8
White : Asian 1 : 1.1
White : Mixed 1 : 1.3
White : Other 1 : 0.1