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The impact of stop and search and community engagement

It is important to measure the impact stop and search has on communities and individuals as we recognise that stop and search is an intrusive power

We plan to do this through effective community engagement and accountability.

We want every local policing area to have a community monitoring group or Independent Advisory Group (IAG) which scrutinises stop search performance and practice.

To ensure accountability, comprehensive monthly stop and search data is published here.

We also have a strategic stop search working group which includes representation from the force's Independent Advisory Groups, representation from the Office of Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC), community engagement team, and equality and diversity officers. 

On each of the local policing areas we have a senior officer single-point-of-contact (SPOC) who is responsible for reviewing complaints, disproportionality, and scrutinising officer and team performance around stop and search.

Through this process we have identified a need to improve officers' recording of some elements of the stop and search process. We have worked to improve our stop and search recording system to ensure that sufficient details are recorded by officers and to withstand scrutiny. Records are checked by supervisors and the SPOC process ensures that any issues are identified and dealt with.

Ken Hazeldene, Chair of the North Worcestershire IAG, says: "At each IAG meeting we are given six examples of stop search to review, and comment back on whether they appear to be 'good reasons' for the search to be carried out. I also supported in developing the procedure for IAGs to view police body worn video footage of stop searches, which is now in place. This scrutiny appears to be of great assistance in developing the right procedure."