Bedfordshire Police stop and search record best in the country
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Bedfordshire Police has been ranked as the best police force in the country for a key aspect of stop and search.
A recent inspection by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) found we carried out stop and searches with reasonable grounds 95.8 per cent of the time, up from 81 per cent in 2018.
New figures from the police watchdog put our percentage figure at the top of all 43 police forces in England and Wales, in terms of recording and utilising reasonable grounds to suspect as the objective test to use when instigating a power to search.
The average across the country was 81.7 per cent.
Superintendent Ian Taylor, our lead for stop and search, said: “I am immensely proud of the results of this HMICRFS inspection.
“We have made enormous progress in how we train, deliver and scrutinise stop and search over the past 18 months.
“All our front-line officers have undergone specialist training with our community scrutiny panel as well as the Children’s Society to understand how different people might react to stop and search.
“We have among the lowest levels of disproportionality in stop and search of all UK police forces, while our independent scrutiny panel has been highlighted by the Criminal Justice Alliance as an example of best practice for other areas to follow.
“Every police officer who puts on the uniform in Bedfordshire knows how important it is that we use stop and search in a fair, legitimate and professional way.
“I hope these results go some way to reassuring our communities about how seriously we take our responsibilities around stop and search.
“However, we also acknowledge that we still have so much progress to make around stop and search, including continuing to build trust and confidence in our communities about how it is used.”
We are currently looking for a new chair for our stop and search community scrutiny panel.
The recruitment process is open and available to everyone and you do not have to be an existing panel member.
If you would like more information or want to apply please send a CV and written expression of interest to either Montell Neufville or panel vice-chair Martin White by email on [email protected] and [email protected]
Interviews will be held in the New Year for interested candidates. The new chair will then start as soon as possible and will be mentored and supported by Mr Neufville, the two current panel vice chairs as well as our officers.