Find another area »

South Yorkshire Police

About this force

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
PCC website Visit website

How many searches do police do?

April 2018 – March 2019

The police conducted 6,166 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by South Yorkshire Police.

This was an increase of 211% from the previous year.

There were 15 stop and searches under Section 60 Criminal Justice & Public Order Act, a power which doesn’t require individual reasonable suspicion.

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.

Stop and account

South Yorkshire Police do not record stop and accounts.

What are searches targeted at?

Target Proportion of searches
Drugs54%
Offensive weapons17%
Stolen property13%
Going equipped13%
Criminal damage2%
Firearms1%
Other<1%

How effective are police stop and searches?

In 2018/19, most searches conducted by police officers in South Yorkshire are for drugs (54%) rather than more serious crimes.

April 2018 – March 2019

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

0% of stop and searches conducted under Section 60 Criminal Justice & Public Order Act lead to an arrest.

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.

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 2018/19, people from black backgrounds were searched at a little over three and a half times the rate of white people. People from Asian backgrounds were searched at approximately twice the rate of whites. People from mixed ethnicities were searched at about one and a half times the rate of  whites. Only people from Chinese or other ethnicities are under-represented in searches.

In 2018/19, 15 searches were conducted under section 60, a fall on the previous year of 48, but more than the rest of the Yorkshire region. No arrests were made.

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 3.6
White : Asian 1 : 2.1
White : Mixed 1 : 1.6
White : Other 1 : 0.5