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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
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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 2019 – March 2020

The police conducted 14,706 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by West Yorkshire Police.

This was an increase of 48% from the previous year.

There were 25 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 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
Drugs56%
Going equipped17%
Offensive weapons14%
Stolen property8%
Other3%
Criminal damage1%
Firearms1%

How effective are police stop and searches?

April 2019 – March 2020

18% 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 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 2019/20:

  • Black people in West Yorkshire were searched at three and a half times the rate of White people
  • People from Mixed backgrounds were searched at nearly three and a half times the rate of White people
  • Asians were searched at just over two and a half times the rate of Whites
  • Chinese or other ethnicities were searched at half the rate of Whites

There were 25 recorded uses of section 60, a power that does not require officers to have reasonable suspicion that a person is carrying weapons in order to search them for those items. No arrests were made.

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 3.5
White : Asian 1 : 2.7
White : Mixed 1 : 3.3
White : Other 1 : 0.5