Stop & Search…Know Your Rights!

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In 2014 the Government ordered a review of the controversial power and updated legislation around Police stop and search powers with a revised code of practice. The review ordered by the Government found that officers did “not have reasonable grounds” to intervene in more than a quarter of cases. Insight to the Review.

Community Impact

The impact on the relationship between communities particularly of those of BAME orgin has remained strained with many feeling victims of personal biases and prejudice by some officers on the way they look. This has led to in some cases the repetitive as some see ‘Infringement’ of their rights for being Stopped & Searched with no resonable grounds.

Did you know? The age for criminal responsibility is 10 years old. The police have the power to stop a person of any age, and that there is no general requirement for the presence of an appropriate adult?

Rise in Knife Crime – 2019

Fast forward 5 years on from the Stop & Search review, The Police & Crime Commissioners Office has been doing some good work by providing Stop & Search Workshops for Youths between the ages of 12 & 19 in schools & colleges. The introduction of Scrutiny panels where offers implemnting Stop & Search are scrutinised in their delivery of the powers.

It is important to remember that when a Stop & Search is being carried out that you are not free to leave, you have been detained of your liberty for the duration of that search. This power comes with huge responsibilities and we need to ensure of Police force is getting it right.

With the recent rise in knife crime the Government have introduced a scheme designed to make it easier for the Police to use stop and search powers. Basically, removing the right for there to be ‘reasonable grounds’ to detain you of your liberty and carry out a Stop & Search.

West Midlands police have snubbed the government scheme designed to make it easier to implement stop and search powers. The West Midlands Police force is among those already included in a pilot scheme but has no intention of reducing the approval level for section 60 searches, according to the elected police commissioner. The move would reduce the need of authorisation from a senior officer to inspector. It would also lower the degree of certainty required by an authorising officer to carry out a s60 search.

I feel this goes a long way to maintaining community relations and building #Communitybridges

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