UK police forces 'still abusing stop and search powers'

"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.

A report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary found that one in seven stops may be unlawful, despite promises by police chiefs to reform."

See the article: UK police forces 'still abusing stop and search powers' (The Guardian, link)

And see: Concrete Proposal for Reform: Open Letter to Theresa May (StopWatch, link): "We welcome your decision to suspend thirteen forces from the Best Use of Stop and Search Scheme as a result of the HMIC’s findings but this fails to go far enough. It is clear that the police cannot be expected to reform themselves and membership of a voluntary scheme has not driven the desired change. In April 2014 you promised that if these reforms failed, you would bring forth primary legislation. StopWatch therefore calls on the Home Office to introduce primarily legislation to reform stop and search once and for all."

Synthesis report: PEEL: Police legitimacy 2015: A national overview (pdf) and HMIC press release: Most police forces judged to be fair and ethical – but are let down by lack of progress on stop and search (pdf). Reports for each English and Welsh constabulary are available on the HMIC website: PEEL: Police legitimacy 2015 (link).


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