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South Yorkshire Police

About this force

Chief constable Stephen Watson (interim)
Population 1,343,601
Area 600 square miles
Recording stop and account? No

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 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.

April 2014 – March 2015

The police conducted 8,798 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by South Yorkshire Police.

This was a reduction of -61% from the previous year.

There were 25 stop and searches under Section 60 Criminal Justice & Public Order Act, a power which doesn’t require individual reasonable suspicion.

This was a reduction of 70% from the previous year.

Stop and account

South Yorkshire Police do not record stop and accounts.

What are searches targeted at?

Target Proportion of searches
Drugs53%
Stolen property17%
Going equipped16%
Offensive weapons9%
Criminal damage3%
Firearms2%
Other1%

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 2015/16, 53% of all searches were for drugs.

April 2015 – March 2016

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

April 2014 – March 2015

7% 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.

Who is getting searched?

Disproportionality rose in 2015/16 compared to the previous financial year. In 2015/16, people from black, Asian or mixed ethnicities were all searched at approximately three and a half times the rate of white people. In 2014/15, the figure was generally two and a half times the rate of white people. Only people from Chinese or other ethnicities are under-represented in searches. 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 2015/16, and contrary to 2014/15, there were no recorded uses of section 60, a power that does not require officers to suspect a person is carrying a weapon in order to search them.

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 3.6
White : Asian 1 : 3.5
White : Mixed 1 : 3.3
White : Other 1 : 0.6