Stop and search a ‘vital tool’ against knife crime, says policing minister

    In December, an investigation into the use of so-called suspicion-less section 60 stop and search powers by His Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS), the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) and the College of Policing (CoP) found forces may “recognise the effects of disproportionality on people and communities” but “don’t take this matter seriously enough”.

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