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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 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.

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.

Stop and account

North Yorkshire Police do not record stop and accounts.

What are searches targeted at?

Target Proportion of searches
Drugs57%
Stolen property26%
Offensive weapons10%
Going equipped3%
Other1%
Firearms1%
Criminal damage1%

How effective are police stop and searches?

In 2017/18, 57% of all searches made by North Yorkshire police were for drugs, the highest proportion of all forces in the Yorkshire and Humber region.

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.

April 2015 – March 2016

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

Who is getting searched?

North Yorkshire police continue to use stop and search in a racially disproportionate manner, despite a fall in the overall use of stop and search. Asians suffered worst in 2017/18, being searched at seven-and-a-half times the rate of white people, more than double the rate in the previous financial year (when they were searched at over three times the rate of whites across the region).

People from black backgrounds were searched at over five times the rate of white people and people from mixed backgrounds were searched at one-and-a-half times the rate of whites.

Only people from Chinese and other ethnicities were searched at lower rates than whites (0.6).

North Yorkshire recorded no uses of section 60 in 2017/18, 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 : 5.3
White : Asian 1 : 7.5
White : Mixed 1 : 1.5
White : Other 1 : 0.6