Former chief constable Alex Marshall appointed to assess how to review stop and search training

Former Hampshire Constabulary chief constable Alex Marshall

Home secretary Theresa May

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HAMPSHIRE’S former police chief has been commissioned by the Government to review the stop and search training of police officers.

Alex Marshall, who last year stepped down as the county’s chief constable to lead the professional standards body College of Policing, will aim to reduce the use of the controversial power blamed for causing community alienation.

Home secretary Theresa May announced the appointment today in the Houses of Commons.

As part of the review, the college has been asked to introduce an assessment of officers' fitness to use stop and search.

Also, a new scheme, dubbed 'best use of stop and search, will include a requirement for forces to introduce a stop and search complaints ''community trigger''.

This will involve police explaining to the public how stop and search powers are being used where there is a large volume of complaints.

Mrs May said changes should lead to a significant drop in overall use of stop and search and improved stop-to-arrest ratios.

She added: ''But I want to make myself absolutely clear: if the numbers do not come down, if stop and search does not become more targeted, if those stop-to-arrest ratios do not improve considerably, the Government will return with primary legislation to make these things happen.''

''Nobody wins when stop and search is misapplied. It is a waste of police time. It is unfair, especially to young black men. It is bad for public confidence in the police.''

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6:37pm Wed 30 Apr 14

directtalk says...

If you've nothing to hide, you've nothing to fear. It wouldn't worry me if Police were allowed to search anyone, any time, without a reason. Yes, random stops and searches. I don't suspect it's the law abiding who are lobbying politicians for Police to be shackled when performing their duties. This action from the Home Secretary smacks of electioneering to me. The Tories are after the votes of anyone they can get, and will stop at nothing to get what they want - in this case the votes of the people on the fringes of the law who have a reason to have the Police shackled. Added to the fact that the Tories are still smarting over the outing of one of their own, by Police, for leaking the true upper-class Tory thinking that the rest of us are mere plebs, they will do anything to attack the Police. This Home Secretary and her cohorts definitely seem to have an anti Police agenda. Us 'plebs' can see through this and see it for what it is which is to discredit the Police at every opportunity.
If you've nothing to hide, you've nothing to fear. It wouldn't worry me if Police were allowed to search anyone, any time, without a reason. Yes, random stops and searches. I don't suspect it's the law abiding who are lobbying politicians for Police to be shackled when performing their duties. This action from the Home Secretary smacks of electioneering to me. The Tories are after the votes of anyone they can get, and will stop at nothing to get what they want - in this case the votes of the people on the fringes of the law who have a reason to have the Police shackled. Added to the fact that the Tories are still smarting over the outing of one of their own, by Police, for leaking the true upper-class Tory thinking that the rest of us are mere plebs, they will do anything to attack the Police. This Home Secretary and her cohorts definitely seem to have an anti Police agenda. Us 'plebs' can see through this and see it for what it is which is to discredit the Police at every opportunity. directtalk
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7:13pm Wed 30 Apr 14

PracticoJoe says...

Ive been a police officer for over 16 years and could probably count on two hands the number of ethic people i have stopped and search. The grounds for searching are tight and rightly so. Any officer worth their salt wants a result from a stop check, thats means being specific on stopping those suspected of committing crime. I dont want to go on a "fishing trip" and produce a meaningless piece of paper to show for it, nor do the vast majority of officers. easy for me to say but i have NEVER searched or witnessed a search based on anything other than having "reasonable grounds" in the circumstances at the time. Any diversion from that and I agree, there would be a big problem.
Ive been a police officer for over 16 years and could probably count on two hands the number of ethic people i have stopped and search. The grounds for searching are tight and rightly so. Any officer worth their salt wants a result from a stop check, thats means being specific on stopping those suspected of committing crime. I dont want to go on a "fishing trip" and produce a meaningless piece of paper to show for it, nor do the vast majority of officers. easy for me to say but i have NEVER searched or witnessed a search based on anything other than having "reasonable grounds" in the circumstances at the time. Any diversion from that and I agree, there would be a big problem. PracticoJoe
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