Our use of Stop and Search

Date published: 10 July 2018 10:28

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.

You can find out more about Stop and Search here.

Give us your feedback

Give us your feedback or raise any concerns by filling out our Stop and Search Survey.

Join us on patrol and participate in a Lay Observation or attend our Stop and Search Scrutiny Panel by emailing stop_and_search@southyorks.pnn.police.uk

Section 60 Searches

In emergency situations an Inspector or above can authorise an immediate Section 60 but this decision will be referred to force Gold for ratification within the hour.

Emergency situations are where any delay to the authorisation would present a significant risk to the public and/or police officers. This does not apply to pre-planned public order operations where the decision will rest with the Silver Commander.

South Yorkshire Police operates a trained and accredited Gold Cadre which includes all Assistant Chief Constables and some Chief Superintendents. This role takes strategic command of all firearms operations, public order operations and critical incidents. In line with this, the force Gold Cadre will authorise Section 60 orders where appropriate. Where this is authorised by a Chief Superintendent, the decision will be forwarded to an Assistant Chief Constable for ratification when reasonably practicable (i.e. the next working day).

Where planning allows the authorisation should still be by a minimum of an Assistant Chief Constable.


You can find information about South Yorkshire Police's use of Stop and Search here.