Stop and Search Powers: Are the police using them effectively and fairly?

Summary

The summer riots of 2011 once again focused attention on the way police use stop and search powers. As a result of this renewed concern, in December 2011 the Home Secretary commissioned HMIC to carry out an inspection into the use of stop and search legislation by police forces in England and Wales.

In our report, we found that police use of stop and search powers is too often ineffective in tackling crime and procedurally incorrect, thereby threatening the legitimacy of the police.

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Avon and Somerset police and crime commissioner’s letter in response to “Stop and Search Powers: Are the police using them effectively and fairly?” (PDF document)

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Cambridgeshire police and crime commissioner’s letter in response to ‘Stop and Search Powers: Are the police using them effectively and fairly?’ (PDF document)

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Cheshire police and crime commissioner’s letter in response to “Stop and Search Powers: Are the police using them effectively and fairly?” (PDF document)

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Dorset police and crime commissioner’s response to “Stop and Search Powers: Are the police using them effectively and fairly?” (PDF document)

Dyfed-Powys police and crime commissioner’s letter in response to “Stop and Search Powers: Are the police using them effectively and fairly?”

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Gwent police and crime commissioner’s letter in response to ‘Stop and Search Powers: Are the police using them effectively and fairly?’ (PDF document)

Leicestershire police and crime commissioner’s letter in response to “Stop and Search Powers: Are the police using them effectively and fairly?” (PDF document)

Lincolnshire police and crime commissioner’s letter in response to “Stop and Search Powers: Are the police using them effectively and fairly?” (PDF document)

Merseyside police and crime commissioner’s letter in response to “Stop and Search Powers: Are the police using them effectively and fairly?” (PDF document)

Northumbria police and crime commissioner’s letter in response to “Stop and Search Powers: Are the police using them effectively and fairly?”

North Wales police and crime commissioner’s letter in response to “Stop and Search Powers: Are the police using them effectively and fairly?” (PDF document)

North Yorkshire police and crime commissioner’s letter in response to “Stop and Search Powers: Are the police using them effectively and fairly?” (PDF document)

Nottinghamshire police and crime commissioner’s letter in response to “Stop and Search Powers: Are the police using them effectively and fairly?” (PDF document)

South Yorkshire police and crime commissioner’s letter in response to “Stop and Search Powers: Are the police using them effectively and fairly?” (PDF document)

Suffolk police and crime commissioner’s letter in response to “Stop and Search Powers: Are the police using them effectively and fairly?” (PDF document)

Surrey police and crime commissioner’s letter in response to “Stop and Search Powers: Are the police using them effectively and fairly?” (PDF document)

Sussex police and crime commissioner’s letter in response to “Stop and Search Powers: Are the police using them effectively and fairly?” (PDF document)

Thames Valley police and crime commissioner’s letter in response to “Stop and Search Powers: Are the police using them effectively and fairly?” (PDF document)

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