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Sajid Javid: “Stop and search saves lives”

PICTURED: Home Secretary Sajid Javid

ON MONDAY (Ap 15), Home Secretary Sajid Javid gave his first major speech on crime, where he stated that the Government needs to work on preventing young people from being drawn into a life of crime.

During the speech, which took place in Oval Space, east London, Javid discussed policing, violent crime and prevention and said “police told me more powers and funding where needed”.

He added that stop and search works despite disproportionately affecting people from BAME backgrounds. “I know BAME communities will be disproportionately affected but stop and search saves lives. I cannot say this clearly enough,” said Javid.

The controversial method has been a cause of contention for many, and were previously limited by former Home Secretary and now Prime Minister Theresa May due to racism claims.

However the move to increase stop and search was widely supported during a public consultation early this year. They showed that 90% of respondents, including senior police officers, back the change.

PREVENTION

The Home Secretary said that the "mindset of Government needs to shift" to combat the violent epidemic. One of Javid's ideas is a "public health" approach to the issue, and said violent offending should be treated like the “outbreak of some virulent disease.”

"Just as we can design products to prevent crime, we can also design policy to shape the lives of young people to prevent criminality,” said Javid.

"Changing the lives of young people will not be an easy task. Crime has a way of drawing in those who feel worthless."

“No future should be pre-determined by where you're born, or how you're brought up. We cannot afford to leave anyone behind.”

In addition, the father of four discussed his own fears for his children. “I may be the Home Secretary but I'm not ashamed to confess; I have stayed up late at night waiting to hear the key turning in the door. And only then going to bed knowing that they have come home safe and sound.

“And like any other dad, when I watch the news and see the faces of all those young victims of knife crime I despair at the waste of those lives.”

Speaking of his own experience, he added: “I grew up on what was dubbed by one tabloid as "the most dangerous street in Britain". It's not so difficult to see how instead of being Cabinet, I could have been taken in to a life of crime.

“There were the pupils at school that shoplifted, and asked if I wanted to help. The drug dealers who stood near the school gates and told you by joining in you could make easy money.

“But I was lucky. I had loving and supporting parents, who despite their own circumstances gave me security. I had some brilliant teachers who motivated me to go further than what was expected of me.

“I even had a girlfriend who believed in me and supported me despite my lack of prospects and went onto to become my wife. Thanks to them all I have built a better life for myself and my family.”

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