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South Yorkshire Police

About this force

Population 1,343,601
Area 600 square miles
Recording stop and account? No
Force website Visit website

About the PCC in this area

Police & Crime Commissioner Alan Billings (Labour)
Email address thepcc@southyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk
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How many searches do police do?

April 2017 – March 2018

The police conducted 1,982 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by South Yorkshire Police.

This was a reduction of 17% from the previous year.

There were 48 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 2,378 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by South Yorkshire Police.

This was a reduction of 39% from the previous year.

There were 3 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 3,895 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by South Yorkshire Police.

This was a reduction of 56% 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

South Yorkshire Police do not record stop and accounts.

What are searches targeted at?

Target Proportion of searches
Drugs49%
Offensive weapons22%
Stolen property14%
Going equipped8%
Firearms6%
Other0%
Criminal damage0.3%

How effective are police stop and searches?

In 2017/18, most searches conducted by police officers in South Yorkshire are for drugs (49%), down eight percentage points from the previous financial year.

April 2017 – March 2018

14% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

2% of stop and searches conducted under Section 60 Criminal Justice & Public Order Act lead to an arrest.

April 2016 – March 2017

7% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

April 2015 – March 2016

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

Who is getting searched?

Disproportionality is high across South Yorkshire and has been increasing in recent years, despite the reduction in searches within the police force area and nationally. In 2017/18, people from black backgrounds were searched at a five times the rate of white people. People from Asian and from mixed ethnicities were searched at approximately just under four times and just over twice the rate of white people, respectively. Only people from Chinese or other ethnicities are under-represented in searches.

In 2017/18, 48 searches were conducted under section 60, a huge leap from only three the previous year, although only one resulted in an arrest.

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 5.1
White : Asian 1 : 3.7
White : Mixed 1 : 2.1
White : Other 1 : 0.3