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  • 21 April 2013

    Viewed with Suspicion: The Human Cost of Stop and Search in England & Wales

    StopWatch and the Open Society Justice Initiative conducted interviews with nine people who have been directly affected by stop and search. The nine individuals come from London, Leicester, and Manchester. They are a small sample, but their stories echo those repeated day after day in the lives of ordinary people who happen to fit the stereotypes that feed ineffectual policing. To contextualize these stories, we analyzed data from large-scale population surveys, allowing us to connect the interviews with the experiences of different groups.

  • 14 November 2012

    Know Your Rights, Stop and Search - A mapping of know your rights information for young people

    There is a plethora of Know-Your-Rights information available for young people, through the internet, leaflets and flyers and training sessions. However, young people persistently report being unsure of their rights when stopped by the police. Why is the majority of KYR training failing to adequately prepare young people for encounters with the police? This report maps the various different forms of rights training available and suggests ways it could be made more effective.

  • 1 May 2012

    Submission to David Anderson QC - Review of powers in 2011

    This input into the independent review of UK counter terrorism powers in 2011 details our specific focus on the use of Schedule 7.

  • 1 February 2012

    Report on the use of section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 by the police

    This report has been prepared by Dr Michael Shiner at the request of Bhatt Murphy Solicitors, in connection with the Section 60 stop and search of Ms Anne Juliette Roberts.

  • 10 January 2012

    Consultation on police powers to promote and maintain public order

    This consultation response is a joint submission by members of StopWatch. The response has been written and coordinated by Independent Academic Research Studies (IARS).

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