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North Yorkshire Police

About this force

Area 3,200 square miles
Recording stop and account? No
Force website Visit website

About the PCC in this area

Police & Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan (Conservative)
Email address general.enquiries@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk
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How many searches do police do?

April 2019 – March 2020

The police conducted 2,536 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by North Yorkshire Police.

This was an increase 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 2018 – March 2019

The police conducted 2,023 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by North Yorkshire Police.

This was an increase of 9% 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 1,861 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by North Yorkshire Police.

This was a reduction of 31% 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 2,708 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by North Yorkshire Police.

This was a reduction of 40% 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 Yorkshire Police do not record stop and accounts.

What are searches targeted at?

Target Proportion of searches
Drugs62%
Going equipped12%
Offensive weapons10%
Stolen property10%
Other4%
Criminal damage1%
Firearms1%

How effective are police stop and searches?

In 2019/20, 62% of all searches made by North Yorkshire police were for drugs, the highest proportion of all forces in the Yorkshire and Humber region.

April 2019 – March 2020

13% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 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

15% 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 2019/20:

  • Black people in North Yorkshire were searched at just over five times the rate of White people
  • People from Mixed backgrounds were searched at nearly three times the rate of White people
  • Asians backgrounds were searched at nearly three times the rate of Whites
  • Chinese or other ethnicities were searched at roughly half the rate of Whites.

North Yorkshire recorded no uses of section 60 in 2019/20, a power which does not require officers to suspect that a person is carrying weapons in order to search them for such items.

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 5.2
White : Asian 1 : 2.8
White : Mixed 1 : 2.8
White : Other 1 : 0.6