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South Yorkshire Police

About this force

Area 600 square miles
Recording stop and account? No
Force website Visit website

About the PCC in this area

Police & Crime Commissioner Alan Billings (Labour)
Email address thepcc@southyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk
PCC website Visit website

How many searches do police do?

April 2019 – March 2020

The police conducted 16,226 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by South Yorkshire Police.

This was an increase of 163% from the previous year.

There were 26 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 6,166 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by South Yorkshire Police.

This was an increase of 211% from the previous year.

There were 15 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 1,982 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by South Yorkshire Police.

This was a reduction of 17% from the previous year.

There were 48 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 2,378 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by South Yorkshire Police.

This was a reduction of 39% from the previous year.

There were 3 stop and searches under Section 60 Criminal Justice & Public Order Act, a power which doesn’t require individual reasonable suspicion.

Stop and account

South Yorkshire Police do not record stop and accounts.

What are searches targeted at?

Target Proportion of searches
Drugs57%
Offensive weapons14%
Stolen property13%
Going equipped13%
Criminal damage2%
Other1%
Firearms1%

How effective are police stop and searches?

In 2019/20, most searches conducted by police officers in South Yorkshire are for drugs (58%) rather than more serious crimes.

April 2019 – March 2020

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

12% of stop and searches conducted under Section 60 Criminal Justice & Public Order Act lead to an arrest.

April 2018 – March 2019

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

0% of stop and searches conducted under Section 60 Criminal Justice & Public Order Act lead to an arrest.

April 2017 – March 2018

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

2% of stop and searches conducted under Section 60 Criminal Justice & Public Order Act lead to an arrest.

April 2016 – March 2017

7% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

Who is getting searched?

In 2019/20:

  • Black people in South Yorkshire were searched at two and a half times the rate of White people
  • People from Mixed backgrounds were searched at roughly the same rate as their White counterparts
  • Asians backgrounds were searched at just over one and a half times the rate of Whites
  • Chinese or other ethnicities were searched at a lower rate than Whites

In 2019/20, 26 searches were conducted under section 60, an increase on the previous year of 15, and more than than the rest of the Yorkshire region.

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 2.5
White : Asian 1 : 1.7
White : Mixed 1 : 1.1
White : Other 1 : 0.7