Yesterday we held a really interesting roundtable on the effectiveness of stop and search on crime levels. The event was part of our UK Justice Policy Review programme which provides analysis of criminal justice policy developments through a series of briefings, annual reviews and events.
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Julian Hargreaves on his analysis of statistical data at a time of heightened anxieties around terrorist attacks and police reliance on extended powers
The bobby on the beat is an anachronism, argues Professor Tim Hope
Roger Grimshaw questions why the police are calling for more stop and search activity to reduce knife crime.
A report published by Children’s Rights Alliance for England mapping inequalities in outcomes for children in London indicates that children in Lambeth are 30 times more likely to end up in prison than those in Richmond-upon-Thames.
Ben Bowling, Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at King's College London, gives a cautious welcome to the Home Secretary's proposals to reform stop and search.
Mark Blake, Project Development Officer at the Black Training and Enterprise Group, argues that black and minority ethnic young people need to join the police to change its culture from within.
The former Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell, who resigned from his post over the 'plebgate' affair, calls for an end to police stop and search where there are no grounds for suspicion.
Writing in The Times:
'In 2011-12 Asian or Asian British people accounted for nearly 17 per cent of such stops; black or black British people nearly 36 per cent. The situation has only worsened since the Macpherson Inquiry into Stephen Lawerence's death...
A report from the Inspectorate of Constabulary has found that 27 percent of police stop and searches it reviewed did not did not have a lawful justification. Meanwhile, policing minister Damien Green has told the police to be 'more open, polite, thoughtful, modern and representative'. He also said they should be more like Team GB.