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Student conducts reverse stop and search to raise awareness

DEDICATED: Shakira Dyer

TOTTENHAM-BASED King’s College student, and member of Haringey Youth Council, Shakira Dyer 19, has used Haringey-based youth site Exposure, to explain to local youngsters and the police, the importance of properly conducted stop and search procedures.

Shakira, who has been a member of the Youth Council for around a year, regularly attends meetings and events in the borough to represent the voice of young Haringey residents. She recently took part in a Youth Council session at the Civic Centre in Wood Green. Members of Haringey Police, along with borough police boss Chief Superintendent Helen Millichap, were questioned by the Youth Council on issues affecting young people.

This was followed by a reverse stop and search workshop, where Youth Council members searched the police for hidden items. This gave police valuable insight into how it feels to be searched, allowing the young people to appreciate the difficulties police experience when faced with people carrying weapons.

Shakira brought up the issue of mental health in stop and search commenting: “What may appear as a young person being uncooperative, could actually be a young person trying to move away from the stress”.

The visually-impaired teenager who is studying for a BA in German, and includes history and literature among her other interests, claims: “I wanted to write about the panel both to represent the work of the Haringey Youth Council and to help young people who are stopped and searched to know what their rights are.”

Her account of the event can be found on

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