Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa has welcomed the introduction of a new scheme to reform police use of stop and search powers.
All 43 police forces in England and Wales have agreed, voluntarily, to adopt a new government code of conduct on the use of their powers to stop and search members of the public.
Mr Dhindsa said: “Police use of Stop and Search has been a controversial point for a long time and I welcome the measures being taken to increase transparency in the way these powers are used. Misuse of Stop and Search can damage the relationship between the public and the police, but used effectively it has much to recommend it.
“I believe that the scheme will enable the Police Service to restore public trust in Stop and Search as a valuable policing tool.
“By making information publicly available showing why Stop and Search powers were invoked and to what end I hope that confidence will increase within local communities that police officers are using these powers proportionately, fairly and to good effect.”