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North Yorkshire Police

About this force

Area 3,200 square miles
Recording stop and account? No
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About the PCC in this area

Police & Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan (Conservative)
Email address general.enquiries@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk
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How many searches do police do?

April 2018 – March 2019

The police conducted 2,023 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by North Yorkshire Police.

This was an increase of 9% 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 2017 – March 2018

The police conducted 1,861 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by North Yorkshire Police.

This was a reduction of 31% 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 2,708 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by North Yorkshire Police.

This was a reduction of 40% 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 Yorkshire Police do not record stop and accounts.

What are searches targeted at?

Target Proportion of searches
Drugs66%
Stolen property19%
Offensive weapons7%
Going equipped4%
Other3%
Firearms1%
Criminal damage<1%

How effective are police stop and searches?

In 2018/19, 66% of all searches made by North Yorkshire police were for drugs, the highest proportion of all forces in the Yorkshire and Humber region.

April 2018 – March 2019

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

April 2017 – March 2018

15% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

April 2016 – March 2017

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

Who is getting searched?

Across North Yorkshire, people from black ethnicities were searched at five times the rate of whites. Asians were searched at just under three and a half times and mixed people were searched at three times the rate of whites. People from Chinese or other backgrounds were searched at half the rate as white people.

North Yorkshire recorded no uses of section 60 in 2018/19, a power which does not require officers to suspect that a person is carrying weapons in order to search them for such items.

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 5.1
White : Asian 1 : 3.4
White : Mixed 1 : 2.9
White : Other 1 : 0.5