West Yorkshire Police used stop and search on thousands of people during lockdown last year – here’s who they stopped and why
Thousands of people across West Yorkshire were stopped and searched by police last year, despite lockdown restrictions being in place for much of 2020.
Official figures from West Yorkshire Police show that 20,406 people were stopped and searched in 2020, equivalent to a rate of 890 per 100,000 people. This marks a 53 per cent increase in comparison to 2019’s figures. Figures reveal police the items police were looking for, including drugs, weapons and stolen goods, but not what they actually found. Although figures do show how many searches led to an arrest. So what do we know about stop and search in West Yorkshire? Here’s everything you need to know.