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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 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
Drugs62%
Stolen property22%
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 2016/17, this accounted for 62% of all searches and has been around that figure for the last few years. This figure is also the highest of all forces in the Yorkshire and Humberside region which averages at around 55%.

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's use of stop and search is disproportionate, despite a fall in the overall use of stop and search. In 2016/17, people from black backgrounds were searched at four times the rate of white people and Asians were searched at over three times the rate of whites across North Yorkshire. People from mixed backgrounds were searched at over twice the rate of whites. Only people from Chinese and other ethnicities were searched at lower rates than whites. Additionally, people from white backgrounds were searched at lower rates than the total average of searches across North Yorkshire.

North Yorkshire recorded no uses of section 60 in 2016/17, 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 : 4.0
White : Asian 1 : 3.2
White : Mixed 1 : 2.2
White : Other 1 : 0.7