‘PSNI stop and search not working’
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