Changes to stop and search

Controversially, the Home Office have outlined that: “From 7 March 2011 we have removed the national requirement to record stop and account, in order to reduce police bureaucracy. “These changes will save hundreds of thousands of hours of police time.”

Logical enough. Yet, this means that one of the key recommendations of the McPherson Report has been scrapped. Many argue that we need to keep track of police behaviour; Dr Rebekah Delsol of the Open Society Justice Initiative said: “Cutting one of the few mechanisms for accountability at this time – of all times – is reckless and irresponsible as it risks fuelling the tensions that have scarred police-community relations for 30 years.”

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