Stop and Search APP Consultation

Closing date: 29th September

A public consultation recently opened on proposed revisions to the authorised professional practice on stop and search.

The consultation is open on the College of Policing APP website.

Feedback is invited on the proposed amendments from the public, police forces, Police and Crime Commissioners and other interested organisations.

What has changed?

The draft changes to the guidance cover how police forces in England and Wales can best engage with communities over the way stop and search is used to protect them from crime.

Proposed amends include:

  • Community engagement: Additional content covering how forces should speak with communities about their use of Section 60 and share results to explain the impact it had.
  • Public scrutiny: Setting out principles to support forces in working with the groups whose role is to provide independent scrutiny of their stop and search practice as required by law.
  • Body-worn video: The new guidance has a specific section on the benefits of using body-worn video footage of the use of stop and search as part of the public scrutiny process.  It also emphasises the need for forces to have a legitimate basis for sharing the footage and ensuring sufficient safeguards are in place.

Please use the feedback form available on the consultation pages to submit your comments to by 29 September 2019.

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