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  1. 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
  2. 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/
  3. I have to admit I've not seen it all yet. At about the 7 minute mark of part one and am in stitches! Part 1 Part 2
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. Very well handled by the Cumbria bobby, very polite and professional. The man was infuriating and had to be told numerous times that the search did no require his consent but he got there in the end. Good little video.
  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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