4 February 2011
Controversial stop and search changes passed
Changes will include a substantial reduction of the information recorded on stop and search forms.
The changes to the PACE guidance include a substantial reduction of the information recorded on stop and search forms, which will now make it impossible to measure repeat stops and harassment; the effectiveness of a stop and search; and any misuse of force. In addition, police will no long be required to record the use of “stop and account”, which will make it impossible to determine if stop powers are being used proportionately and remove local community scrutiny of stop practices.
The Runnymede Westminster Monitor blog gives a good summary of the main points of the debate.
Read the full debate here.