STOP and SEARCH, is it an effective tool used by the Police to prevent crime or is it used to discriminate against the BAME community?
The London murder rate has excelled during 2018 with a total of 100 murders (at the time of writing this); most of these murders have been connected with gang related, youth violence and knife crime. Overall, the murder rate in London has reduced over the last decade as figures show that there were 172 murders in 2006 compared to 134 in 2017 (of which 12 were related to terrorism). However, although the murder rate has somewhat reduced figures also show that three quarters of male murder victims under the age of 34 died from some form of knife crime.
- what is their name
- what they are doing in the area
- where they are going
- illegal drugs
- a weapon
- stolen property
- something which could be used to commit a crime, such as a crowbar
- serious violence could take place
- an individual is carrying a weapon or has used one
- individuals are in a specific location or area (and can only be enforced for a maximum of 48 hours)
- Their name
- The name of their police station
- What they are looking for
- Why they are legally allowed to search an individual and,
- That anyone who has been stopped and searched is entitled to have a copy of the search record
- Remove their coat, jacket or gloves or any items which conceals their identity.
- Any religious items should be removed out of public view such as in the back of a police van
- If a Police Officer requires further removal of clothing this must be of the same sex as you (however, please note that if they require a strip search this should take place in a Police station).