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North Wales Police

About this force

Chief constable Mark Polin
Population 687,937
Area 2,432 square miles
Recording stop and account? Yes
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About the PCC in this area

Police & Crime Commissioner Arfon Jones (Plaid Cymru)
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How many searches do police do?

April 2015 – March 2016

The police conducted 2,320 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by North Wales Police.

This was a reduction of 34% 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 3,532 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by North Wales Police.

This was a reduction of 32% from the previous year.

There were 21 stop and searches under Section 60 Criminal Justice & Public Order Act, a power which doesn’t require individual reasonable suspicion.

Stop and account

North Wales Police record stop and accounts.

What are searches targeted at?

Target Proportion of searches
Drugs69%
Stolen property14%
Offensive weapons8%
Going equipped7%
Criminal damage1%
Other1%
Firearms0%

How effective are police stop and searches?

A staggering 69% all searches in 2015/16 in North Wales were for drugs rather than serious or violent crime; this is one of the highest in England and Wales.

April 2015 – March 2016

12% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

April 2014 – March 2015

8% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

-59% of stop and searches conducted under Section 60 Criminal Justice & Public Order Act lead to an arrest.

Who is getting searched?

In 2015/16, people from black backgrounds were searched at two and a half times the rate of whites, a figure largely unchanged from 2014/15. People from Asian backgrounds were searched at marginally lower rates than white people in 2015/16. People from white, mixed, Chinese or other minority ethnicities were under-represented in searches.

There were no recorded searches conducted under section 60 in 2015/16, a power that does not require officers to suspect individuals of carrying weapons in order to search them.

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 2.4
White : Asian 1 : 0.8
White : Mixed 1 : 0.4
White : Other 1 : 1.0