Stop and Search Commission meets
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson
hosted the bi-annual Stop and Search Commission meeting on the 17th
January 2018. The Commission brought together the public, including
members of scrutiny panels from across the region, to challenge and
improve West Midlands Police's use of stop and search.
David Jamieson said: "Stop and search is a tactic that at its
best can take weapons or illegal items off the street and protect
the public. However it must be used proportionately and effectively
to prevent community division and any increase in tension between
the police and the people they serve."
Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner, Ashley Bertie said:
"Stop and Search, when used correctly can be a real force for good.
Engaging with partners and the public is crucial to ensuring good
oversight, and increases public understanding of their rights when
being stopped and searched. We have made good progress but more
work is needed."
The Stop and Search Commission connects scrutiny panels and
other interested people that are working to improve the police use
of the tactic. The Commission is doing important work making people
safer and holding the police to account on their use of stop and
Significant progress has been made in stop and search thanks to
a joint action plan by West Midlands Police and the Police and
Crime Commissioner. Following work over a number of years, use of
stop and search is down and positive outcome rates are up. Racial
disproportionality remains a serious issue, and the scrutiny panels
made up of the public continue to shine a spotlight on this.
Acting Seargant William Salt, Stop and Search Lead from West
Midlands Police said: "West Midlands Police is committed to
ensuring that all stop and searches are conducted in an ethical and
fair manner and only when lawful grounds exist. With the support of
public commissions, independent advisory groups and public scrutiny
panels, we have reduced the number of searches conducted over the
past decade whilst keeping the level of positive searches constant.
This demonstrates that officers are now better trained to search
the correct individuals and to accurately record the reasons and
powers behind each search."
The next Stop and Search Commission meeting is to be held in the
summer of 2018.