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North Wales Police

About this force

Area 2,432 square miles
Recording stop and account? Yes
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About the PCC in this area

Police & Crime Commissioner Arfon Jones (Plaid Cymru)
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How many searches do police do?

April 2019 – March 2020

The police conducted 4,822 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by North Wales Police.

This was an increase of 161% from the previous year.

There were 200 stop and searches under Section 60 Criminal Justice & Public Order Act, a power which doesn’t require individual reasonable suspicion.

This was an increase of 199% from the previous year.

April 2018 – March 2019

The police conducted 1,843 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by North Wales Police.

This was a reduction of 9% 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.

April 2017 – March 2018

The police conducted 1,593 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by North Wales Police.

This was a reduction of 7% 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 1,711 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by North Wales Police.

This was a reduction of 26% 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

North Wales Police record stop and accounts.

What are searches targeted at?

Target Proportion of searches
Drugs62%
Offensive weapons14%
Stolen property14%
Going equipped7%
Other2%
Firearms1%
Criminal damage1%

How effective are police stop and searches?

Roughly three fifths of all searches in North Wales were for drugs (61% in 2019/20) rather than serious or violent crime. Research suggests that these tend to be directed towards possession of small quantities of cannabis instead of harder drugs or the supply chain.

April 2019 – March 2020

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

1% of stop and searches conducted under Section 60 Criminal Justice & Public Order Act lead to an arrest.

April 2018 – March 2019

12% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

April 2017 – March 2018

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

April 2016 – March 2017

10% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

Who is getting searched?

Due to the low number of searches of black people (17), Asians (44), mixed people (34), and those from Chinese or other backgrounds (0) in comparison to white people (4,396), caution is required when interpreting the racial disproportionality figures on this page.

Still, there were 200 recorded searches conducted under section 60, a power that does not require officers to suspect individuals of carrying weapons in order to search them for those items, resulting in two arrests.

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 1.7
White : Asian 1 : 1.1
White : Mixed 1 : 1.2
White : Other 1 : 0.0