Stop and search

Date published: 17 November 2022 14:40

What does SYP use stop and search for?

South Yorkshire Police has a clear vision for Stop and Search: To achieve the highest level of trust and confidence in its use to tackle crime and keep our streets safe. 

This key policing power assists us to protect our communities by identifying and eliminating violent and key crimes including antisocial behaviour.

Our officers may use stop and search when they reasonably suspect that a person is in possession of an illegal item or something that may help them to commit crime. We have certain powers and legislation available to us, and we are required to act in accordance with the Codes of Practice and treat people with respect and dignity.

When used properly, stop and search can prevent and deal with issues such as drug dealing, burglary, and possession of offensive weapons.

South Yorkshire Police is part of the Home Office’s ‘Best Use of Stop and Search’ scheme. This voluntary scheme aims to contribute to a significant reduction in the overall use of stop and search, deliver better and more intelligence-led stop and search, and improve arrest and other positive outcomes. It is also designed to provide the public with further information on the outcomes of searches.

These pages will provide up to date information around the use of stop and search in South Yorkshire, the legislation that underpins it and the opportunity to provide feedback if you have been stopped and searched by one of our officers. We also welcome anyone who would like to join our stop and search scrutiny panel.

South Yorkshire Police's Stop and Search Policy can be found here. To know your rights when a police officer is executing a stop and search, read here.

You can find out more about Stop and Search here.

Plan on a Page

The force puts into place a 'Plan on a Page' for its various policy areas so that officers and the general public can follow their aims and priorities. The PDF of the Stop and Search Plan on a page can be seen below, and also can be accessed here.

We have a dedicated Stop and Search lead at South Yorkshire Police.

Chief Inspector Sarah Gilmour oversees stop and search within the force and runs our bi-monthly scrutiny panels. Chief Insp Gilmour can be contacted on: