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West Yorkshire Police

About this force

Chief constable Dee Collins
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
PCC's crime plan Read
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 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.

April 2014 – March 2015

The police conducted 21,752 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by West Yorkshire Police.

This was a reduction of 37% from the previous year.

There were 1 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 86% from the previous year.

Stop and account

West Yorkshire Police do not record stop and accounts.

What are searches targeted at?

Target Proportion of searches
Drugs55%
Going equipped26%
Stolen property10%
Offensive weapons7%
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 2015/16, 55% 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

9% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

100% 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. People from mixed backgrounds were searched at twice the rate of whites and people from blacks or Asian backgrounds were searched at over one and a half times the rate of whites. People from White and Chinese or other ethnicities were under-represented in searches.

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 1.7
White : Asian 1 : 1.6
White : Mixed 1 : 2.0
White : Other 1 : 0.3