Stop and Search Scrutiny


Stop and Search Scrutiny

In June 2018 the GMP Stop and Search Coordination Group took place at Force Head Quarters. The meeting was chaired by chaired by Chief Superintendent Wayne Miller. In attendance were representatives from the community, Chief Inspectors representing each cluster across the force, the Mayor’s Office, and academic partners from Liverpool and Manchester Universities. Proportionality was discussed and a Stop and Search mapping tool looked at. The findings revealed that a majority of the Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) searches are in areas of high footfall i.e. Piccadilly Gardens. It was confirmed that the force are exploring this further with an independent body. Each cluster was asked to look at repeat stops (persons stopped 3 times or more over the last 12 months) and to review these Stop and Searches and look at the outcomes. The group discussed how they could become more transparent with the community representatives and how it could tie into the use of force and Independent Advisory Groups (IAGs). The Stop and Search Performance Report Q4 January to March 2018 was discussed. Link to the document here.

 

In March 2018 the GMP Stop and Search Working Group took place at Force Head Quarters. The meeting was chaired by chaired by Chief Superintendent Wayne Miller. In attendance were representatives from the community, Stop and Search single points of contact from divisions across the force, the Mayor’s Office, and academic partners from Liverpool and Manchester Universities. Divisions gave updates on dip samples of Stop and search records, community engagement, and body worn video compliance. The group discussed the forces internal Stop and Search Audit in which the overall rating was ‘Good’. The audit report is going to go to the Audit Panel in July 2018. Divisions gave updates on dip samples of Stop and search records, community engagement, lay observation of body worn video footage by police cadets and body worn video compliance. The future format of the force Stop and Search meeting was discussed with the Stop and Search Working Group being replaced by the Stop and Search Coordination Group going forward. The Stop and Search Performance Report Q3 October to December 2017 was discussed. Link to the document here.

 

In December 2017 the GMP Stop and Search Working Group took place at Force Head Quarters. The meeting was chaired by chaired by Chief Superintendent Wayne Miller. In attendance were representatives from the community, Stop and Search single points of contact from divisions across the force, the Mayor’s Office, and academic partners from Liverpool and Manchester Universities. Divisions gave updates on dip samples of Stop and search records, community engagement, and body worn video compliance. The City of Manchester division presented their findings on the dip sample work they had done. Link to the presentation is here.

 

In September 2017 the GMP Stop and Search Working Group took place at Force Head Quarters. The meeting was chaired by chaired by Chief Superintendent Wayne Miller. In attendance were representatives from the community, Stop and Search single points of contact from divisions across the force, the Mayor’s Office, GMPs Organisational Learning and Workforce Development unit, GMPs External Relations & Performance Branch and academic partners from Liverpool and Manchester Universities. Divisions gave updates on dip samples of Stop and search records, community engagement, lay observation of body worn video footage by police cadets and body worn video compliance. Liverpool and Manchester Universities gave an update on their lay observation work with officers across the force stating that to date all areas worked in have had a low ethnic make-up. It was agreed that Liverpool and Manchester Universities would attend divisional briefings to state the benefits of volunteering to officers. The Mayor’s Office stated that no one had used the Stop and Search feedback App since the office of Police and Crime Commissioners website had been taken down and they were looking at ways for people to give feedback. GMPs External Relations & Performance Branch presented the findings of the proportionality report written in July 2017. Links to this report and the presentation are below

Click here for Stop and Search Proportionality Document

Click here for Presentation for SSWG

 

In May 2017 the GMP Stop and Search Working Group took place at Force Head Quarters. The meeting was chaired by chaired by Chief Superintendent Wayne Miller. In attendance were representatives from the community, stop and search single points of contact from divisions across the force, the office of Police and Crime Commissioner, GMPs Organisational Learning and Workforce Development unit and academic partners from Liverpool University. In this meeting the development of the Force Stop and Search Action was discussed and the inclusion of transparency, proportionality, policy, technology, governance, training and quality of grounds. Divisions gave updates on dip samples of Stop and search records, community engagement, lay observation of body worn video footage by police cadets and body worn video compliance. An update was given on the HMICs dip sample of 200 stop and searches in relation to reasonable grounds. Within this sample the HMIC highlighted 26 of them as having failed the ‘reasonable grounds’ test. The HMIC inspection was on recorded grounds so there are records whereby the officer clearly had grounds and performed a lawful search but failed to complete the reports correctly therefore the record failed due to the recording of the grounds on the stop and search form. Officers of the records deemed to have failed by HMIC were made aware of this and training in briefings in relation to the correct recording of grounds was given in briefings on each division.

Stop and searches for controlled drugs - find rates by ethnicity

Notes:

Stop and Searches
Data is for stop and searches where the reason for search is "controlled drugs" under the Misuse of drugs act 1971.
Data cannot be reliably disaggregated into possession only or supply stop and searches as records do not record this detail systematically.
Data is for recorded stop and searches taking place between 1st July 2016 and 30th June 2018 as at 19/07/2018.
Data has been drawn from a live system and counts may change.

Ethnicity
This is the ethnicity declared by the person stopped collapsed to the 5+1 self-defined ethnicity classification. This uses the current police ethnicity classification which is based on the 2001 census definitions.

Object Found - Any
Where the officer finds a stolen or prohibited article

Object Found - Article searched for
Where the officer finds a stolen or prohibited article linked to the reason for the search, in this case the reason for search being "controlled drugs" under the Misuse of drugs act 1971.

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