Bet­ter use of stop and search

Halifax Courier - - Serving The Community - By Aban Quaynor

Po­lice are set to face tougher re­stric­tions on the use of stop and search pow­ers and Calderdale is one of three dis­tricts lead­ing the pilot on be­half of West York­shire Po­lice.

This week West York­shire Po­lice has launched two key el­e­ments of the Best Use of Stop and Search scheme. The vol­un­tary scheme, an­nounced by the Home Sec­re­tary in April, is de­signed to help sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce the over­all use of stop and search, de­liver bet­ter and more in­tel­li­genceled stop and search, and im­prove stop-to-ar­rest ra­tios. It will also pro­vide the public with fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on the out­come of searches and re­strict the use of Sec­tion 60 “no sus­pi­cion” pow­ers.

Calderdale District Com­man­der, Chief Su­per­in­tend- ent An­gela Wil­liams, said: “I wel­come the fact that Calderdale is one of the pilot ar­eas in West York­shire to im­ple­ment a greater amount of scru­tiny in the way stop and search pow­ers are used. We recog­nise the im­por­tance us­ing this leg­is­la­tion in a pro­por­tion­ate way and to be lead­ing on a project with the po­ten­tial to im­prove the way we use our stop and search pow­ers is a pos­i­tive step and one I’m pleased Calderdale is lead­ing on.”

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