Stop and search
Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens welcomes the HMIC’s national review of Stop and Search Powers and is calling on people have their say about its use.
Today’s HMIC report found that the majority of police forces do not understand how to use stop and search powers effectively and fairly to prevent and detect crime, while a six week public consultation into its use is currently underway by the Home Office.
Sue Mountstevens said: “I think there is a genuine debate to be had about whether stop and search powers are effective in preventing and detecting crime without risking people’s confidence in policing.
“When stop and search isn’t used properly it has a damaging impact on community confidence, particularly among young people and black and minority ethnic communities.
“The use of the power can leave people less confident about policing and this report highlights the importance of making stop and search more effective and transparent.
“In Avon and Somerset complaints related to stop and search are low however if anyone has any concerns about the use of this power they should feedback any issues to me.
“I would also encourage as many people as possible to take part in the Home Office consultation so we can have an open debate about stop and search powers being used appropriately and fairly.”
Posted on Tuesday 9th July 2013