NEW APPROACH: Police in Manchester have launched a new style of stop and search
POLICE IN Manchester are hoping that a new stop and search procedure will help improve the public’s confidence in them.
The new procedure involves officers recording a stop and search encounter via radio instead of filling out a long form. It has been trialled over a three-month period in Leigh, Greater Manchester.
Newly-appointed Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd said: “The use of stop and search by the police has had a damaging impact on communities in the past. I’ve listened to people’s concerns and their experiences of stop and search. It’s clear that this can be a reason why confidence in the police is low, particularly among young people and black and minority ethnic communities.”
He added: “I hope these changes and the accompanying police officer training will help to improve the relationship between these groups and the police. The majority of Greater Manchester’s residents are law-abiding and they need to be reassured that stop and search is being used at the right times and in the right way, to target criminals and keep our communities safe. Hopefully this new recording procedure will go some way in building public trust.”
The changes to the recording procedure mean that stop and search data is more immediately available and can be better monitored and scrutinised.