‘PSNI stop and search not work­ing’

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - NEWS - BY SHAUNA CORR

PSNI stop and search pow­ers are not work­ing to re­duce crime, it has been claimed.

Queen’s Univer­sity prof John Top­ping said: “For 2016/17 there were 31,000 stop and searches in North­ern Ire­land.

“Only 6% of searches see an ar­rest made. When you compare this to a 17% ar­rest rate in Eng­land and Wales it means the PSNI are us­ing it three times as much – but are three times more in­ef­fec­tive.”

Prof Top­ping was speak­ing at an event or­gan­ised by In­clude Youth at the Black Box in Belfast.

The char­ity’s pol­icy ad­viser Paula Rodgers said young peo­ple searched are left feel­ing “vic­timised”.

SPEECH Prof John Top­ping

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