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North Yorkshire Police

About this force

Chief constable Dave Jones
Area 3,200 square miles
Recording stop and account? No
Force website Visit website

About the PCC in this area

Police & Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan (Conservative)
Email address general.enquiries@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk
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PCC's crime plan Read

How many searches do police do?

April 2015 – March 2016

The police conducted 4,530 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by North Yorkshire Police.

This was a reduction of 33% from the previous year.

There were 8 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 6,783 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by North Yorkshire Police.

This was a reduction of 19% 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
Drugs64%
Stolen property21%
Going equipped6%
Offensive weapons6%
Other2%
Criminal damage1%
Firearms1%

How effective are police stop and searches?

North Yorkshire has one of the highest recorded searches for drugs rather than more serious and violent crime. In 2015/16, this increased marginally to 64%. This figure is also the highest of all forces in the Yorkshire and Humberside region which averages at around 54%.

April 2015 – March 2016

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

April 2014 – March 2015

6% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

Who is getting searched?

In 2015/16, Asian people were searched at over three times the rate of whites across North Yorkshire, an increase from 2.5 times the rate of white people in 2014/15. Black people and those from mixed backgrounds were searched at over twice the rate of whites. Only Chinese and other ethnicities are under-represented in searches.

Unlike the previous two financial years, North Yorkshire recorded 8 uses of section 60, a power which does not require officers to suspect that a person is carrying weapons in order to search them for such items. All of these were of white people and one of which resulted in an arrest.

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 2.2
White : Asian 1 : 3.2
White : Mixed 1 : 2.3
White : Other 1 : 0.5