Police Federation responds to HMIC stop and search report
24 March 2015
More needs to be done to strengthen training and legislation so that officers can conduct stop and search more effectively, the Police Federation has warned.
In response to the, 'Stop and search 2: Are the police using them fairly?' report published by HMIC today, Paul Ford, Secretary of the Police Federation National Detectives' Forum, states that ‘budget cuts have severely affected officer numbers’, and more funding needs to be provided to ‘assist the overstretched and underfunded in England and Wales’.
Mr Ford said:
“The issues surrounding stop and search are complex, and it does not come as a surprise that this report has recognised the lack scrutiny from front line supervisors as they are struggling to cope with budget cuts which have severely affected officer numbers. Cuts have consequences and this is just one of many areas in which officers and frontline staff are struggling to cope.
“Stop and search is an important and effective part of day-to-day policing and we agree that more needs to be done to strengthen training, legislation and the way stop and search incidents are recorded.
“Ultimately, if changes are to be made, funding needs to be provided to assist the already overstretched and underfunded forces in England and Wales.”