Members of the Police & Crime Commissioner’s team conduct dip sampling of completed stop and search forms around three times a year. This means that randomly selected forms are scrutinised to ensure they have been completed correctly by officers. It also means that checks are made to monitor that the stop searches have been conducted in accordance with legislation and that the grounds for search have been legitimate.
Each dip sample exercise also ensures the scrutiny of a proportion of forms relating to black & minority ethnic people that have been searched. Recognising that nationally, black & minority ethnic people are disproportionately stopped and searched, this level of scrutiny enables the fair use of powers to be assured or the misuse of powers to be appropriately challenged and investigated.
The Commissioner’s team is also currently developing a stop search community scrutiny group, where members of the community are invited to take part in the stop search dip sample process. This provides transparency to our communities on force stop and search data and practices.
If you would like to know more about this group, contact the Police & Crime Commissioner’s team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.