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Stop and Search & 
the Police Complaints System 
Presentation to Westminster Briefing: Future of Stop and Search event 
(2...
Why we are involved 
• Important issue for stakeholders, especially 
BME communities and young people. 
• Impacts signific...
How we are involved 
• Complaints. 
• Appeals. 
• Stakeholder engagement. 
• Oversight and confidence work.
What we have done 
• Fed into guidance and training. 
• Fed into HMIC inspections. 
• Fed into consultations on stop and s...
What young people told us 
• Most people don’t know how to complain. 
• Process is too complicated, takes too long. 
• No ...
The IPCC stop and search 
position statement 
• Lawful. 
• Fair. 
• Effective. 
• Carries public confidence.
What a good system would 
look like 
• It would be simple, accessible and quick. 
• Community engagement. 
• More visibili...
Future 
• Revision of our stop and search position. 
• Ongoing work to improve complaint handling. 
• Revision of discrimi...
www.ipcc.gov.uk
www.ipcc.gov.uk
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Stop and Search & the Police Complaints System Presentation to Westminster Briefing: Future of Stop and Search event

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Stop and Search & the Police Complaints System Presentation to Westminster Briefing: Future of Stop and Search event

  1. 1. Stop and Search & the Police Complaints System Presentation to Westminster Briefing: Future of Stop and Search event (23 September 2014) Jennifer Izekor IPCC Commissioner
  2. 2. Why we are involved • Important issue for stakeholders, especially BME communities and young people. • Impacts significantly on confidence. • Evidence of misuse/disproportionality. • Questions about effectiveness/impact. • Low numbers of complaints. • Potential to share good practice.
  3. 3. How we are involved • Complaints. • Appeals. • Stakeholder engagement. • Oversight and confidence work.
  4. 4. What we have done • Fed into guidance and training. • Fed into HMIC inspections. • Fed into consultations on stop and search. • Engagement with ACPO, forces, stakeholders. • Involvement in Public Encounters Board. • Attendance at community meetings. • Events with young people/other stakeholders.
  5. 5. What young people told us • Most people don’t know how to complain. • Process is too complicated, takes too long. • No trust or faith in the system. • Fear won’t be believed. • Fear of police harassment or intimidation. • Fear that police won’t help them in future. • Think that complaining is not worthwhile.
  6. 6. The IPCC stop and search position statement • Lawful. • Fair. • Effective. • Carries public confidence.
  7. 7. What a good system would look like • It would be simple, accessible and quick. • Community engagement. • More visibility/promotion of system. • Less need for contact with the police. • Training for Investigating Officers on how to recognise bias and discrimination. • Complaints would be more involved in process. • Robust quality control measures. • More use of technology – apps, online.
  8. 8. Future • Revision of our stop and search position. • Ongoing work to improve complaint handling. • Revision of discrimination guidelines. • More investigations into serious/sensitive cases. • Increasing oversight and confidence work. • Holding forces to account on use of best use of stop and search scheme. • Ongoing work with HMIC, the College, ACPO.
  9. 9. www.ipcc.gov.uk
  10. 10. www.ipcc.gov.uk

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