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  1. Extra 40,000 checks helped to trigger fall in stabbing numbers. Making a difference: A knife arch search on London's streets Date - 3rd May 2019 By - Nick Hudson - Police Oracle 3 Comments Tens of thousands more stop and searches and extra officers on the streets are driving down the “ghastly” toll of violent deaths, it has emerged. Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick also credited double-digit reductions year-on-year for homicides and young people stabbed on targeted policing methods and covert operations. Ms Dick was speaking at Scotland Yard as new figures revealed killings in the capital were down by a quarter and injuries from stabbings among the under 25s was down by 15 per cent. The officer said efforts to combat violent crime had been stepped up over the past year and the force was now seeing "real progress" with an additional 40,000 annual stop and searches proving “very effective” – resulting in the confiscation of knives and guns every day. She said: "My key metric has always been injury to under 25s, especially on the street, and we have 15 per cent less, 311 less young people stabbed." Stop and search was all but abandoned after the riots in 2011. Under Theresa May as Home Secretary, the tactic was discouraged on the basis that it was resulting in a loss of public confidence in the police and unfair targeting of young black men. Searches fell from more than 1.2 million incidents nationally in the year to March 2011 to fewer than 280,000 in the year to March 2018. By contrast Home Secretary Sajid Javid has championed the policing method and the reduction in the murder rate is the first sign that increasing stop and search has been effective. Stop and searches in London have risen 30 per cent in the last year to 172,000, which equates to 471 a day. The seizure of some £101 million of criminal cash was up 50 per cent on the previous year, she said. "We know that has a big impact on criminality. We know that if we target the money that takes us back to the drugs and guns." She added: "I am confident that we will continue to step up our efforts and continue to make real inroads into these pernicious crimes." Commissioner Dick said the reasons for the drop in violent crime were complex, but the drugs markets were a "big problem". She said: "There is a large demand, there is big money to be made and there is a lot of fights going on between drug gangs. Those young people have either been the victim or the offender or both. "But there is a whole range of other issues that have played into this. I believe we are suppressing the violence. That has absolutely, definitely resulted in the reduction." Over the past 12 months, there were 122 homicides recorded by the Met, with 32 fewer victims than the period before, excluding the nine killed in terrorist attacks in 2017. Six out of 10 killings in London – 69 – in 2018-19 were stabbings. Ten victims were shot. The majority of victims were male – a total of 83 compared with 37 women. The largest number – 50 – were of Afro-Caribbean ethnicity, followed by white Europeans with 44. There were 14 Asian deaths, seven Mediterranean-looking Europeans and two Arabian or Egyptian, the figures showed. The data also showed a reduction in other types of violent crime in the capital. Knife-related injuries among under-25s reduced by 15 per cent, from 2,079 to 1,768 young people. Knife crime with injury across all ages was down by 10 per cent and gun crime by 6.8 per cent. Moped-enabled crime dropped by more than half – 52.3 per cent to 11,390 – and acid attacks were also down by 30 per cent. But knife crimes, including possession of a blade, saw a slight increase of just over 0.5 per cent to 14,843. Commissioner Dick was speaking just hours after a 15-year-old boy was stabbed to death – the eighth to die this year – and a 16-year-old boy injured in Hackney, east London. Five young people are knifed in the capital every day. Referring to the most recent death, she said: "The figures, put into the context of what happened overnight, can seem rather bald and cold and unemotional. "Each death is absolutely ghastly. Each young man stabbed is a horrible thing for them, their family, friends and community and for the person who did the stabbing, often it wrecks their lives as well." View On Police Oracle
  2. Law enforcement needs to recognise offenders under 25 years old may have 'stunted maturation'. The police service needs to rethink its treatment of adults under 26 or risk alienating an entire generation, researchers say. The Police Foundation has raised concerns the current policing response to young adults is “not suitable” and said a distinct, tailored approach should be developed for policing 18-25 year olds. Suggestions included new training - particularly in stop and search - for managing young adults, supervising new recruits’ early contact with young adults and extending youth criminal justice diversion schemes. “Academic research demonstrates significant variation in the development of maturity among young adults aged 18 to 25,” a paper from the organisation says. “As we gradually develop a more sophisticated understanding of the young adult brain, the criminal justice system must consider how these disparities in development can affect behaviour, and recognise that the current cliff-edge of an 18th birthday is often an arbitrary date that bears little relation to the reality of young adult offenders’ lives. “In addition, psychological research shows that variation in levels of psychosocial maturity can be hugely significant and thus in some cases an individual aged 24 or 25 may in fact possess a similar psychological maturity to an individual ten years their junior.” It added criminology research typically demonstrates young adults “grow out” of crime in their mid-20s as they move out of their childhood bedrooms, become parents and start working full time but poor job opportunities and spiralling house prices are delaying the maturation process. According to the report, the proportion of 20-34 year olds living with their parents reached a record high of 26 per cent in 2017. “It is increasingly recognised that the factors described above should be taken into consideration when deciding how to police young adults,” the report adds. “A lack of understanding of the challenges facing this group, and how they may impact on their decision making and behaviour, could lead to a generation who enter adult life with both reduced life chances and negative perceptions of the police – both of which might have implications for future offending. “The contextual drivers outlined above are unlikely to change dramatically in the coming years, as widespread austerity and cuts to local authority budgets continue. "Policing should consider how it can help to address the issue and what a distinct approach to individuals aged 18 to 25 might look like.” The study points out that 18-25 year olds are not distinguished as a separate age group in police statistics, making it difficult to map trends in offending. Organisational culture was described as a key barrier to engaging with young adults as officers are reluctant to be seen as “soft” on adult offenders. “There is a wider question here about how best to influence police culture and inspire a shift in attitudes towards young adults, in a similar manner to the sea change in the police approach to under-18s," the research paper adds. Police leaders were criticised for a “general lack of appetite to volunteer to be at the forefront of any genuine change” while a lack of structure among PCCs meant they could not share best practice. Researchers also noted a “significant disconnect” between official policy and senior officer statements and “the actual day-to-day practice of police officers”. The Metropolitan Police’s new Divert scheme offering young adult offenders an alternative pathway from crime by pointing them in the direction of apprenticeships and support programmes, was praised as "one of the best examples of a specifically police-led initiative” for young adults. Similar initiatives should be introduced across to country and developed with the guidance of the College of Policing, the report said. The Police Foundation also wants to work closely with six police force areas interesting in trialling a new approach and offers to help formulate implementation plans so it can review point-of-arrest diversion projects and training for officers. View On Police Oracle
  3. Most of Britain’s police forces are still failing to obey rules to prevent abuse of their stop and search powers, according to the police regulator, raising the prospect that the government will legislate to force them to do so Full Story - Guardian
  4. Full article http://m.redditchadvertiser.co.uk/news/14289057.Students_at_HOW_College_given_insight_to_West_Mercia_Police_s_work_with_stop_and_search_exercise/
  5. mastermind21970

    Needles- Heroin and Alike

    Afternoon' all On a lovely Friday night patrol recently, myself (SC) and two regular colleagues were on foot patrol. Suddenly they both charged over to a young man- who I now know to be a repeat offender for class A drugs (poss + Sup). I followed over and they had hands round his neck saying "spit it out". After about 2 minutes, somehow the male managed to swallow whatever it was he had in his mouth, then denied doing so. Whilst carrying out a stop and search under s23, the lovely young man had three capped needles in his pocket. He did admit to these before being searched. But surprisingly, the officers returned the needles back to him after refusing to go to hospital as he was adamant he didn't swallow anything. After asking why they returned the needles to him, all i seemed to get out of them was " it is not an offence." Apologies if I am being silly, but as far as I am concerned, under 'points and blades' I would rather be stabbed in the arm (for example) with a screwdriver than a used needle... With god knows what infection/ remnants of whatever is in the syringe in it. If he has no medication on him (probable excuse) just the set up and ready to use needles, surely this justifies an arrest for carrying a pointed article? And a dangerous one at that. Will be interested in peoples thoughts.
  6. The home secretary Theresa May's crackdown on the police use of stop and search could have caused more people to die from knife attacks, the Conservative frontrunner to be London mayor suggested today. Read the full article
  7. Kamikaze Turkey

    Future of Stop & Search

    Hi all, What do we think this government has in store for the future with regards to Stop & Search? I know that Theresa May isn't a fan of it. I'd be interested to hear people's views on this. KT.
  8. Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-32036443
  9. All police officers working in Staffordshire will be trained how to use stop-and-search powers correctly after a review highlighted large 'inconsistencies' across the county.   It emerged earlier this month that just 10 per cent of stop-and-search operations resulted in arrests, cautions or warnings in a year. It prompted fears that officers misunderstand the powers or use them 'inappropriately'.   Staffordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis asked an independent panel to carry out the study. Mr Ellis, who spoke out about the matter at a police performance meeting last week, said: "The challenge coming out of this report is the rationale around many of these stop and searches.   "Out of 100 people stopped in Stoke, there was good reason in 19-20 situations and yet in Lichfield it is four out of 100. We need to create some consistency across the patch.   "Taking someone's liberty by stopping them is pretty serious stuff. Yes, we want you to use the powers properly but we must be absolutely certain it is not a scatter gun approach and these figures are consistent. "It is not an exact science it is about people and it maybe a training issue."   Mr Ellis added a 20 per cent arrest rate was 'sensible' but four per cent needed to be improved. Assistant Chief Constable Bernie O'Reilly said: "Obviously we want to drive up quality rather than quantity.   "I honestly think in terms of stop and search this is a misunderstanding of the legislation rather than an abuse of it. "There is clearly a training gap and we are training all officers from the beginning of April."   The panel also found that body-worn cameras were 'rarely' used during stop and searches in Staffordshire despite front-line officers being equipped with them and national guidance encouraging them to be used.   Although there are ethical issues around recording some confrontations the panel urged police to use their judgement in each situation. They stressed the recordings could be used as evidence in prosecutions and would safeguard officers against allegations of any wrong-doing while they were halting individuals.   ACC O'Reilly added that using the cameras more would 'increase public confidence'.   http://www.expressandstar.com/news/2015/02/20/staffordshire-police-officers-to-get-stop-and-search-training-after-review-highlights-inconsistencies/    
  10. Theresa May has told police forces they must further reduce the number of stop-and-searches carried out. Delivering the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust Criminal Justice Lecture, the Home Secretary reiterated her warning that if stop-and-searches are continually misused, a Conservative government “will not hesitate” to introduce legislation to curb the power.   Paul Ford, lead on stop and search for the Police Federation of England and Wales, said: “Stop and search remains a vital part of everyday policing. Police forces are continuing to make significant progress to allay concerns and improve what is an effective tool to combat crime and provide public reassurance, which is now more challenging than ever with 17,000 less officers on the streets.   “Many communities want and need a visible police presence with street crime, possession of knives, weapons and drugs still prevalent across England and Wales. Knife and gang related crime pose a significant risk in some communities, requiring police officers to use stop and search powers proportionately.   “The Home Office and Chief Officers have a responsibility to educate the public around police stop and search powers, and how they are used to keep the public protected.   “Additional training in this area for officers would be welcome, but forces need to be allocated more resources as most have cut training budgets to cope with the significant reduction to police budgets.   “Whether to further reduce the number of stop and searches carried out or curb the power entirely should be an operational decision.” View the full article
  11. Chief Bakes

    Searching School Premises

    The Criminal Justice Act 1988, provides powers for a constable to enter and search school premises. Which of the following statements are correct? A constable may enter any school premises and search any person if there is reasonable grounds to believe they have possession of an article which has a blade or is sharply pointed. A constable may enter any school premises and search any person if there is reasonable grounds to suspect that they have possession of an article and search any premises for any offensive weapons. This power exists if the constable reasonably suspects one of the offences is being committed. The constable must believe that the article or weapon discovered is a blade or sharply pointed instrument before he/she can seize it.
  12. POLICE Scotland is wrongly recording "several hundred thousand" stop-searches a year. POLICE Scotland is wrongly recording "several hundred thousand" stop-searches a year.     The national force has come under increasing political scrutiny over what its own numbers have made look like a tactic of mass frisking, including of children.   However, its chief constable, Sir Stephen House, has now admitted that vast numbers of routine encounters, such as taking alcohol from youngsters, had skewed official statistics.   Speaking before his main civilian watchdog, the Scottish Police Authority or SPA, on Friday Sir Stephen took personal responsible for "some mistakes in data gathering and presentation".   The chief constable had been summoned before the SPA after the BBC reported figures that appeared to show the force breaching its own policy - announced last summer - of not carrying out consensual searches on under-12s were also wrong.   The broadcaster had said there had been 356 such suspicionless searches since the change in policy. It had obtained the numbers under Freedom of Information laws - "legislatively, not consensually", the chief joked.   The force had not wanted to release them, telling the broadcaster they thought the numbers were corrupted.   The body representing rank-and-file officers has long argued that Scottish statistics for stop-and-search were being inflated - and that resulting meaningless figures were sparking political controversy.   The SPA on Friday was told the latest analysis suggested that the actual number of under-12s subjected to consensual searches was 18. Most were youngsters stopped by police after youth disorders before their ages could be checked.   Sir Stephen said "I don't think we should routinely be using consensual search on children. But it is a policy, not a law,. if my officers step outside the police and they have got a good reason, they will get 100% support."   He said that if so-called "interventions" - for example, when officers remove alcohol from children - were removed from figures there would be dramatic reduction in the wholesale number. He said: "They would reduce by several hundred thousand. "Why is is that Police Scotland stops so many more people than the Metropolitan Police or the New York City Police? "Because we record as much of what we do as possible and, frankly, we are damned for going further in recording our contacts with citizens. "I think we need to record them in the right box." The representing rank-and-file officers has for some years warned that stop-search figures have been inflated by what it regards as a "targets culture".   A spokesman Scottish Police Federation or SPF said the SPA meeting at which Sir Stephen was speaking could be "best summarised by saying 'the numbers are guff'". Sir Stephen denies individual targets for the number of searches - although he has set targets for the share of searches that are "positive", that find something.   Vic Emery, the SPA chairman ended the meeting by challenging Sir Stephen to look at what effect any targets have had on the issue. The force, meanwhile, has said it believes that consensual searches should be reviewed. One of Sir Stephen's deputies, Rose Fitzpatrick, laid out potential consequences of that, including the danger statutory searches could be seen as more confrontational. She also suggested that many consensual searches, about a third, were nominally made for alcohol. There is no statutory power to frisk for such drinks. Police believe such a power should be considered.   http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/home-news/police-admit-over-counting-several-hundred-thousand-stop-and-searches-after-high-numb.118459735?utm_source=www.heraldscotland.com&utm_medium=RSS%20Feed&utm_campaign=Scottish%20News  
  13. The Best Use of Stop and Search Scheme has launched today with 35 forces implementing the new approach   The voluntary scheme is part of a range of measures that will contribute to a reduction in the overall use of stop and search, lead to better and more intelligence-led stop and searches and more effective outcomes.   The 35 forces going live today have implemented all aspects of the scheme to: • increase transparency by recording all outcomes of stop and search and whether there is a connection between the grounds for the search and the outcome; • restrict the use of Section 60 “no suspicion” powers; • give members of the public the opportunity to observe stop and search in practice; and • introduce a community complaints trigger – ensuring that complaints are properly monitored and scrutinised.   The remaining eight forces – City of London, Derbyshire, South Yorkshire, Greater Manchester Police, Dorset, South Wales, Lincolnshire, South Yorkshire – are already implementing aspects of this scheme and have confirmed the scheme will become fully operational in their force area in coming months.   College of Policing lead on stop and search Inspector Nick Glynn said: “Stop and search powers are necessary to help us tackle crime and keep people safe. It is clear that the service has not always got its use of these intrusive powers right, and this has left resentment in our communities. Under this scheme outcomes will be recorded in more detail so we have a greater understanding of how the powers are being used.   "Searches which do not require reasonable grounds of suspicion will reduce, be subject to more effective oversight from senior officers and communities will have greater powers to question the police over their use of stop and search.   “The College of Policing is working to review and develop the evidence-base, training and guidance on stop and search. This will help to ensure that police officers at every level in the service – including those at senior ranks overseeing the use of the power - are equipped with the right knowledge and skills to conduct stop and search effectively, proportionately and fairly.   "We are also working in partnership with the Equality and Human Rights Commission to look at whether unconscious bias is affecting officers’ use of stop and search.   “There are many areas of good practice and the College will be sharing that across the country so that we see the changes needed to ensure that our communities are confident that these important powers are being used appropriately and where their use is necessary.”   From today West Mercia and Nottinghamshire police will begin a pilot scheme that will digitally map stop and searches, identifying locations where stop and searches take place using geo-mapping technology. The data will be uploaded to Police.uk so the public can monitor the use of stop and search powers.   And following an eight-week public consultation on revising the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (PACE) Code A, which governs the police’s use of stop and search, the Home Secretary will lay a revision to Code A in parliament this week.   This revision will make clear to officers what constitutes ‘reasonable grounds for suspicion’ and to emphasise that the misuse of stop and search powers would lead to performance or disciplinary procedures.   Notes to Editors About the College of Policing: The College of Policing is the professional body for policing. It sets high professional standards to help forces cut crime and protect the public. The College is here to give everyone in policing the tools, skills and knowledge they need to succeed. The College of Policing will enhance the ability of police forces and individuals to deliver their mission of preventing crime and protecting the public.   The College of Policing will: • Set standards • Promote evidence-based good practice • Accredit training providers • Support partnership working • Lead on ethics and integrity View the full article

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