Stop and Search Your PCC

On November 15 2012 citizens across the country will be given the opportunity to vote for their Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC). This represents a radical break with previous traditions of policing.

These changes represent a significant cause for concern. The police have often struggled to establish their democratic tendencies, however as the American example demonstrates elections are not necessarily a solution to this. Elected commissioners will have unprecedented licence to determine priorities for local policing. On the one hand this means that the public have the opportunity to really ask difficult questions of those who would police them. On the other there is the risk that shallow populism and dog-whistle rhetoric drown out serious debate.

We are campaigning to make sure that those at the sharp end of policing have their say.

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    Briefing on Stop and Search and PCC developments: April to June 2015

    Stop and search falls to below one million for the first time since 2005/06; London rise in searches expected; London rise in terrorism searches; Definition of a 'fair and effective' stop and search encounter; New Book on 'Stop and Search: The Anatomy of a Police Power'; Changes to the police disciplinary system Read more »

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    Briefing on Stop and Search and PCC developments: October - December 2014

    Welcome to the third edition of a regular series of StopWatch briefings outlining some of the key developments in police use of stop and search. This briefing will also address updates in relation to the work of Police and Crime Commissioners (‘PCC’) across England and Wales. We’d welcome any feedback and comments to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Read more »

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    Briefing on Stop and Search and PCC developments:  July- September 2014

    Welcome to the second edition of StopWatch briefings outlining some of the key developments in the use of police stop and search powers. This briefing will also address updates in relation to the work of Police and Crime Commissioners (‘PCC’) across England and Wales. We’d welcome any feedback and comments to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). 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 »

  • Notes on the use of Stop and Account in the West Midlands

    What's the difference between 'stop and account' and 'stop and search'? What is the situation in the West Midlands? StopWatch member Professor Lee Bridges explains. Read more »

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    Stop and Search your PCC - the campaign in the West Midlands

    Joy Warmington, CEO of BRAP discusses the Police and Crime Commissioner election campaign in the West Midlands Read more »

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    Stop and Search your PCC - the campaign in Leicestershire

    Karen Chouhan reflects on the experience of running an awareness raising campaign in Leicestershire. Read more »

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    Leicester PCC Hustings - Report

    On 5th November the Leicester PCC campaign and StopWatch organised a hustings for Leicester's three Police and Crime Commissioner candidates at Highfields community Centre. Karen Chouhan provided this report of the debate that took place. Read more »

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    Police and Crime commissioner - News Round Up

    This is the final of our PCC news round ups as polls open tomorrow (Thursday 15 November). Read more »

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    Stop and Search your PCC - Leicestershire PCC hopefuls Promise to Look at Stop-and-Search Practice

    All three candidates vying to become Leicestershire’s first Police and Crime Commissioner promise if elected to review the use of stop-and-search powers although fell short on guarantees to ensure that stop-and-account is recorded. Read more »

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