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North Wales Police

About this force

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 2016 – March 2017

The police conducted 1,711 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by North Wales 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 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.

Stop and account

North Wales Police record stop and accounts.

What are searches targeted at?

Target Proportion of searches
Drugs66%
Stolen property14%
Offensive weapons8%
Going equipped6%
Firearms3%
Other2%
Criminal damage1%

How effective are police stop and searches?

A staggering 66% all searches in 2016/17 in North Wales were for drugs rather than serious or violent crime; this is one of the highest in England and Wales.

April 2016 – March 2017

10% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

April 2015 – March 2016

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

Who is getting searched?

Racial disproportionality in North Wales rose in 2016/17 for people from black and mixed backgrounds, despite the overall fall in stops and searches across the police force area. Due to the low number of searches of black, Asian, mixed people, and those from Chinese or other backgrounds in 2016/17 (11, 10, 13 and 9, respectively), the disproportionality figures quoted below should be interpreted with caution, particularly the white:black figure.

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

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 3.2
White : Asian 1 : 0.7
White : Mixed 1 : 1.3
White : Other 1 : 0.9