Sutton police visit schools to discuss stop and search powers

This Is Local London: Insp Hicks shows a pupil a stop and search form Insp Hicks shows a pupil a stop and search form

Controversial police stop and search tactics have been discussed in the first of a series of school events.

Police are visiting schools in Sutton to discuss how they operate and interact with young people they meet.

Inspector Ian Hicks led a presentation to 12- and 13-year-old boys at Limes College in Sutton where they discussed the issues surrounding stop and search powers.

Insp Hicks tried to dispel beliefs that stop and search powers - where police are able to stop and search anyone they suspect of being involved in crime - are used to pick on boys by presenting pupils with scenarios where the tactic is used.

He also told the group police have a target of making  sure one in five searches uncover some sort of criminal activity.

He added: "In Sutton, this 20 per cent target is being met and is increasing, which means we are using our powers responsibly and effectively to keep individuals and neighbourhoods safe."

 

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12:41pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Leonsm says...

i think they should also teach them some reasons into why police can't stop and search them at times, i believe some stop and searches are not really that necessary and police often abuse their powers at times.
i think they should also teach them some reasons into why police can't stop and search them at times, i believe some stop and searches are not really that necessary and police often abuse their powers at times. Leonsm

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