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Dyfed-Powys Police

About this force

Chief constable Simon Prince
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 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.

April 2014 – March 2015

The police conducted 5,269 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by Dyfed-Powys Police.

This was a reduction of 43% 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
Drugs80%
Stolen property9%
Other4%
Going equipped3%
Offensive weapons3%
Criminal damage1%
Firearms0%

How effective are police stop and searches?

A staggering 80% all searches in 2015/16 in Dyfed-Powys was for drugs rather than serious or violent crime; this is an increase from 77% in 2014/15. Dyfed-Powys has by far the highest proportion of drugs searches of all 43 police forces in England and Wales.

April 2015 – March 2016

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

April 2014 – March 2015

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

Who is getting searched?

Disproportionality has reduced in 2015/16 compared to the previous year but still remains high for black people. In 2015/16, black people were stopped and searched at almost 4 times the rate of whites (down from 6 times the rate in 2014/15); and people from Asian or mixed backgrounds were searched at marginally higher rates than white people (down from more than twice the rate of whites previously). Those from Chinese or other backgrounds were significantly less likely than to be searched than any other group, as with previous years.

In 2015/16, 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 involved in violence in order to search them.

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 3.5
White : Asian 1 : 1.1
White : Mixed 1 : 1.2
White : Other 1 : 0.5