Stop Search in Gloucestershire
In Gloucestershire, a considerable amount of work is continuing to ensure Stop and Search is used appropriately and to ensure the Constabulary is as transparent as possible.
In particular, the following measures are being taken:
- Front line officers will soon be using mobile devices to record stop searches, which will improve the reliability of Stop and Search data and the quality of recording
- We will be making information available to the Stop and Search mapping function of www.police.uk so the public can see where and why Stop and Searches happen
- The community are now able to observe how our officers work, and potentially the use of Stop and Search, on our Ride Along scheme (please click here to download the Ride along scheme application form)
- More training is being introduced for officers and will involve young people who have experienced Stop and Search to improve realism and make more worthwhile
- Designated specialist officers across the force will scrutinise every stop search.
Chief Inspector Neil Smith, of Gloucestershire Police, said:
"We're also working towards putting our stop and search figures on our website - along with explanations of why they occurred and the outcomes - and creating stop search champions who can be contacted directly by the public if they have any concerns or a complaint.
"I understand that the perception of stop and search is not particularly positive at the moment but it is a great tool for us when used appropriately and it's vital there is transparency there so the public can see we are doing just that."
West Mercia and Nottinghamshire police are to run 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.
Early in December 2014, the Home Secretary laid a revision to Code A of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (PACE), which governs the police’s use of stop and search. The revision 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.
Update 31 May 2016
Our Stop Search implementation plan and policy is available to view by clicking here