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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 2018 – March 2019

The police conducted 9,943 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by West Yorkshire Police.

This was an increase of 24% 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 2017 – March 2018

The police conducted 8,018 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by West Yorkshire Police.

This was a reduction of 27% 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 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.

Stop and account

West Yorkshire Police do not record stop and accounts.

What are searches targeted at?

Target Proportion of searches
Drugs53%
Going equipped20%
Offensive weapons11%
Stolen property10%
Other4%
Firearms2%
Criminal damage1%

How effective are police stop and searches?

April 2018 – March 2019

17% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

April 2017 – March 2018

18% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

April 2016 – March 2017

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

Who is getting searched?

In 2018/19, people from black backgrounds were searched at almost three times the rate of whites across West Yorkshire. Asians and people from mixed backgrounds were searched at almost two and a half times the rate of whites. Only people from Chinese or other ethnicities were under-represented in searches.

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 2.9
White : Asian 1 : 2.4
White : Mixed 1 : 2.4
White : Other 1 : 0.4