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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 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
Drugs57%
Stolen property15%
Offensive weapons12%
Going equipped10%
Firearms3%
Other2%
Criminal damage1%

How effective are police stop and searches?

Most searches conducted by police officers in South Yorkshire are for drugs rather than more serious or violent crime. In 2016/17, 57% of all searches were for drugs, an increase from 53% in the previous year.

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 2016/17, people from black backgrounds were searched at a staggering 7 times the rate of white people (up from almost four times in the previous year). People from Asian or mixed ethnicities were searched at approximately four times the rate of white people (up from three and a half times that rate in the previous year). Only people from Chinese or other ethnicities are under-represented in searches, as are people from white backgrounds. This suggests that despite the overall reduction in searches in South Yorkshire and country-wide, most ethnic minority groups in the region have not experienced the same benefits of these government led reforms as their white neighbours.

In 2016/17, there were only 3 searches conducted under section 60, a power that does not require officers to suspect a person is carrying a weapon in order to search them for such item(s).

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 7.0
White : Asian 1 : 4.1
White : Mixed 1 : 3.9
White : Other 1 : 0.1