West Yorkshire Police to go on record with stop-and-search statistics

Mark Burns-Williamson, Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire

Mark Burns-Williamson, Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , T&A Reporter

WEST Yorkshire Police will implement two key elements of the Government’s Best Use of Stop and Search scheme, starting today.

The voluntary scheme, announced by Home Secretary Theresa May in April, is designed to deliver better and more intelligence-led stop and search, significantly reduce its overall use, and improve stop-to-arrest ratios.

From today, police will record all outcomes on whether there is a connection between the grounds for the search and the outcome, and restrict the use of Section 60 “no suspicion” powers.

By November, the force will fully comply with the scheme by giving the public the opportunity to observe stop and search in practice, and introducing a community complaints trigger.

Temporary assistant chief constable Andy Battle said: “The scheme will ensure that we continue to make improvements in the way we use our stop and search powers, and we welcome the greater transparency and public accountability this will bring.”

Mark Burns-Williamson, Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire, said: “Stop and Search needs to be intelligence-led, used proportionately, sensitively and fairly, and those stopped should clearly understand the reason for the search.”

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10:36am Tue 26 Aug 14

Bone_idle18 says...

Saw this on the news, why does it make a difference what area most stop and searches are carried out?

You'd expect areas with known criminal activity/drug dealing would be targeted at a far higher rate than leafy suburbs. It's common sense.
Saw this on the news, why does it make a difference what area most stop and searches are carried out? You'd expect areas with known criminal activity/drug dealing would be targeted at a far higher rate than leafy suburbs. It's common sense. Bone_idle18
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11:57am Tue 26 Aug 14

bradford88 says...

Its craazy the way they stop you for no reason. I got stopped 3 times last month for no reason at all, i was wearing my seatbelt, cars in perfect condition not a single thing wrong with it, i have mot, tax and insuruance(fully comp) but i still get pulled when im not breaking any laws, on one occasion they wanted to search my car so i told them i got no time for your bs i refused it, they had no reason or suspisions to search me so they let me go, they think their all big and bad stopping people for no reason.
Its craazy the way they stop you for no reason. I got stopped 3 times last month for no reason at all, i was wearing my seatbelt, cars in perfect condition not a single thing wrong with it, i have mot, tax and insuruance(fully comp) but i still get pulled when im not breaking any laws, on one occasion they wanted to search my car so i told them i got no time for your bs i refused it, they had no reason or suspisions to search me so they let me go, they think their all big and bad stopping people for no reason. bradford88
  • Score: -1

12:01pm Tue 26 Aug 14

johnh1 says...

I remember a few years ago an influential magazine aimed mainly at black readers, could have been Voice, came out in favour of stop and search. The argument was the police took the weapons off them before they got themselfes into real trouble.
I remember a few years ago an influential magazine aimed mainly at black readers, could have been Voice, came out in favour of stop and search. The argument was the police took the weapons off them before they got themselfes into real trouble. johnh1
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10:44pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Mr Capp says...

The only people worried or complaining about stop and search are generally the sceoies that need searching. Why bother with a Police force?
The only people worried or complaining about stop and search are generally the sceoies that need searching. Why bother with a Police force? Mr Capp
  • Score: -1

12:13am Wed 27 Aug 14

Sarah/1980 says...

Its a good thing police stop and search without valid reasons and I've never seen them stop people who need to be stopped and its obvious who they are.
Its a good thing police stop and search without valid reasons and I've never seen them stop people who need to be stopped and its obvious who they are. Sarah/1980
  • Score: -1

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