Dr Alan Billings
Stop and search has been a contentious issue for police and public for as long as I can remember.
The aim of stop and search is to deter people from carrying offensive weapons or drugs because of the risk of being caught. However, over recent years, the public mood turned against stop and search - for two reasons.
First, it didn’t seem to work. When the Home Office evaluated their ‘Tackling Knives and Serious Youth Violence Action Programme', which used stop and search extensively, they found it made no difference to levels of knife crime. Similarly, another anti-knife crime campaign across London in 2008 called Operation Blunt 2, had no impact on crime reduction. At the same time, far too many stops have been undertaken without 'reasonable suspicion'.
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