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West Yorkshire Police

About this force

Area 780 square miles
Recording stop and account? No

About the PCC in this area

Police & Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson (Labour)
Email address markburns-williamson@westyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk
PCC website Visit website
Key statements on stop and search

​“With the police I will ensure stop and search activity is used appropriately, proportionality and when necessary to do so, working with communities to assess the impact this activity has had on them and better explain why”

How many searches do police do?

April 2016 – March 2017

The police conducted 11,004 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by West Yorkshire Police.

This was a reduction of 25% 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 14,697 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by West Yorkshire Police.

This was a reduction of 32% from the previous year.

There were 7 stop and searches under Section 60 Criminal Justice & Public Order Act, a power which doesn’t require individual reasonable suspicion.

Stop and account

West Yorkshire Police do not record stop and accounts.

What are searches targeted at?

Target Proportion of searches
Drugs53%
Going equipped25%
Stolen property11%
Offensive weapons8%
Other2%
Criminal damage1%
Firearms0%

How effective are police stop and searches?

Most searches conducted by police officers in West Yorkshire are for drugs rather than more serious or violent crime. In 2016/17 this was 53%, compared to only 8% of all searches was for firearms or offensive weapons.

April 2016 – March 2017

11% 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 rose in 2016/17 and has been rising in recent years, despite the reduction in the total number of searches. People from black and mixed backgrounds were searched at over twice the rate of whites, and people from Asian backgrounds were searched at just over one and a half times the rate of whites. People from Chinese or other ethnicities were under-represented in searches.

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 2.1
White : Asian 1 : 1.7
White : Mixed 1 : 2.4
White : Other 1 : 0.4