Speech: Stop and Search – Police Accountability and the Politics of Black Solidarity

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to address you on the subject of stop and search as part of your Black History Month celebrations. All the data tells us that if you are a young person of colour – like most of you present here today - then you will be a prime target for stop and search operations. The evidence of BME youth disproportionality in stop and search is incontrovertible. In October last year, a colleague and I conducted a survey on stop and search as part of a Home Office consultation, just minutes from where we are today. We stopped 43 people randomly - most of them students from Bradford College and the University and asked them about their experiences of stop and search.
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HMIC Report: Stop and Search Powers: Are the police using them effectively and fairly?

Some of the most intrusive and contentious powers granted to the police are those of stop and search; but the majority of forces do not understand how to use these powers effectively and fairly to prevent and detect crime, finds…

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Racial Profiling Of Stop And Search Targets By Police Does Not Reduce Crime, Equality Watchdog Finds

Racial profiling of stop-and-search suspects makes absolutely no difference to crime figures, a new report has warned. Forces in the UK who disproportionately stopped more black and Asian suspects did not have lower crime figures, but some communities are still…

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Stop and think again: Commission helps police improve use of stop and search

Five major police forces have improved their potentially unlawful use of stop and search powers, while continuing to see a reduction in crime rates, following a programme of work initiated by the Commission. The forces concerned have seen reductions of…

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Viewed With Suspicion: The Human Cost Of Stop And Search

What does it feel like to be stopped and searched? What impact does policing have on the individuals involved, and on their families and communities? Stop-watch gather stories, experiences and thoughts from around the UK to give a voice to…

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Ethnic minority stop and search rates double since 1999: get the data

Research for the Guardian reveals stop and search rates for black and Asian people doubled while the rate for white people rose only slightly. Black, Asian and minority ethnic people are twice as likely to be stopped by police as they were…

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New Police and Crimes Commissioner Policing Plan Insufficient For Building Trust and Confidence with Minority Communities

On Wednesday 27th April, the newly elected West Yorkshire Police and Crimes Commissioner (PCC) published his policing plan for 2013 – 2018. The plan comes at a time when confidence in policing is at an all time low – not least due to…

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Stop & Search: Know Your Rights

The main power, used on a daily basis by the police is contained in Sec 1 of PACE. It allows police officers to stop and search a person or vehicle for stolen or prohibited articles. The power can only be exercised if the…

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