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    StopWatch Strategy Day 2014

    Here's StopWatch intern Seth Maynard's account of our annual Strategy Day which took place in January. Read more »

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    StopWatch Youth networks with activists across Europe

    I recently participated in a pan-European anti-racist conference “Wipe Out Hate! UNITED in Solidarity” in Prague, sharing StopWatch’s work with other youth activists. Here is my account of five days of learning, discussion and networking. Read more »

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    Vehicle stops and strip searches - the methodology of our recent findings

    Two weeks ago the Guardian reported our findings of a) increasing and discriminatory vehicle stops, and b) the facts (and lack thereof) concerning strip searches in the context of stop-and-searches. To accompany this report, and lay the groundwork for relevant, upcoming StopWatch briefings, we offer this discussion of some of the methodology and sources behind these findings. Read more »

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    Section 60: a most draconian stop-and-search law that plays to police prejudice

    "With no 'reasonable suspicion' required, black people are 23 times more likely to be targeted. The courts must address this" argues Rachel Taylor. Read more »

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    What does the Duggan inquest tell us about relations between the police and the BME community?

    In the wake of the Duggan verdict, StopWatch Policy Group member Kojo Koram explains why BME communities have lost faith in our criminal justice system, and why stop and search reform is key to building a system that is not inherently biased against them. Read more »

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    StopWatch response to the Metropolitan Police’s Statement regarding allegations of target setting

    In response to an article published in The Mirror on the 26 January 2014 the Metropolitan Police Service (‘MPS’) issued a statement denying there is a policy of setting individual targets for stop and search or arrests. In this statement, the MPS states it is subject to regular scrutiny by ‘groups such as StopWatch’. This is a misrepresentation of the role of StopWatch and implies that the organisation operates as an official scrutiny body, which we do not. Read more »

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    How I came to see drug policy as an anti-racist issue

    Having joined Release from an anti-racist background, I only ever understood tackling the ethnic disproportionality that exists in stop and search within a framework of challenging police and societal prejudice. The government held a public consultation on stop and search over the summer and its response is due to be published by the end of the year. Our report on racial disparities in the policing of drugs in the UK has me convinced that changing our drug laws are integral to ensuring stop and search powers are used fairly. Here’s why. Read more »

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    StopWatch Youth Group Writes an Open Letter to the Home Secretary

    As the Home Office consultation on stop and search closes today, the StopWatch Youth Group tells the Home Secretary what stop and search really means for young people and why this consultation is only the beginning. Read more »

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    StopWatch Response to the Home Office Consultation

    Neither the Home Office nor senior police officers are exercising effective strategic oversight in the use of stop and search. Today, we submit an 80 page report to the government that reviews the law and practice on stop and search and makes wide-ranging recommendations for change. Read more »

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    Police and Crime Commissioners Out of Touch on Stop and Search

    The Home Office consultation on Stop and Search is coming to a close next week, but what have the Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) had to say on the subject? StopWatch intern, Tarik de Vries, analysed the Policing Plans for all forty-two commissioners to reveal that few have engaged with the issue. Read more »

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