Police stop and search policies

Two documents outlining police power to conduct stop and searches were made public by the Home Office this week:

Stop and Search: Draft Manual (file size: 648kb)
Stop and Search: Supervisors’ Toolkit (file size: 144kb)

According to the Home Office, the draft manual is the culmination of the research done by the Stop and Search Action Team. Its purpose is to set out for the benefit of police forces, police authorities and communities:

  • the powers of stop and search which are available to the police and how they should be exercised
  • the responsibility to record stops and give a record to the person stopped as from 1 April 2005
  • concerns surrounding disproportionate use against black and minority ethnic communities and what can be done to address this
  • research and good practice findings
  • plans to monitor police use of powers as part of the Police Performance Assessment Framework.

You are invited to submit your comments by 9 March 2005. There are questions at the end of each chapter addressed to the community, police and police authorities, which are aimed to assist you in your feedback.

Responses can be emailed to: [email protected]

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