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Clarification on today's stop and search news

12 Nov 2018

There has been a lot of confusion regarding the police use of stop and search reported in the media today. We'd like to make the following clarification.

A National Police Chiefs Council Spokesman said:

 “Stop and search is an important power – we use it to prevent and detect crime, identify those who intend to cause harm, and disrupt serious and organised crime networks.

 “When used properly it is successful in removing weapons and drugs from the streets, and gives forces an intelligence advantage for their investigations.

 “We regularly hold discussions with key partners, including government departments, civil liberties groups and others to discuss a variety of issues. These conversations enable us to consider the best ways to use our powers.

 “The reasonable grounds threshold was not discussed as part of these representations.”