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19 March 2019
Research finds that there is little clarity on the legality of seizing mobile phones during stop and search encounters. Read here: http://www.stop-watch.org/uploads/documents/Call_it_Off_-_Are_police_searching_mobile_phones_illegally.pdf
14 October 2018
New report documents the disproportionate impact that drug law enforcement continues to have on black and minority ethnic communities in England and Wales. Read here: http://www.stop-watch.org/uploads/documents/The_Colour_of_Injustice.pdf
19 September 2018
‘Not only is the Matrix completely ineffective at combating the crime it claims to want to tackle, our research suggests it makes crime more likely’ – Katrina Ffrench, Chief Executive of StopWatch
14 December 2017
Today StopWatch and Liberty are releasing ‘Driving While Black,’ a new report which raises concerns that not only are drivers targeted because they are Black, but a new offence and search powers, which would tie road traffic policing to immigration enforcement, will increase the incentive for racial profiling.
26 October 2017
New figures released by the Home Office today show that stop and search continues to be targeted at low level drug possession rather than weapons, and that despite major reforms racial and ethnic disproportionality is increasing. In welcome news, the number of stop and searches has fallen 21% from last year to 303, 845 in 2016-17. The lowest level since 2002, when current recording practices began.
14 August 2017
Read our letter to The Times, published 12.8.17, in response to their article (9.8.17) which wrongly claimed criminologists blamed the reduction in the numbers of stop and search for the increase to police recorded knife-related crime.