Sunday, March 31, 2019

Stop and search is not the answer

Responding to the announcement that Police in England and Wales will be given greater stop and search powers to tackle rising knife crime, Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson Ed Davey said:

“Yet again, the Tories are trying to tackle knife crime on the cheap. It won’t work.
“More random, suspicion-less Stop and Searches, carried out disproportionately on people from BAME [Black and Minority Ethnic] communities, are not the answer. They will not only consume police time and erode trust in the police, but have little impact in actually preventing people carrying knives.
“What we really need is more community police officers to build trust, turn young people away from crime, and target Stop & Searches on those who do carry knives.
“The Liberal Democrats demand better than this ineffective and counter-productive policy. The Government must give police forces the funding they need to recruit more officers and combat this knife crime epidemic.

1 comment:

nigel hunter said...

Yes,the police will target BAME and other specific groups.What you say about the consequences are correct.It will not stop knife crime Drug gangs, for example will use WHITE youths to distribute drugs instead.Will the police then alienate ALL youth against them? This govnt ploy will become a dead duck and is only to gather Tory votes.