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Passion Islam I October 2008 LOCAL & NATIONAL NEWS I 3
Complaints rise in stop
and search incidents
The number of complaints made about searches in 2006/07, up by 9 percent. to assault. Most concerned failures to
“stop- and-search” incidents carried out Black people were shown to be seven investigate crime properly or abusive
by the police has risen by nearly a quarter, times more likely to be stopped as white language or behaviour. There was also a
according to figures published last month people. 9% increase in the number of complaints
by the Independent Police Complaints Opponents of stop-and-search, which from Asian people.
Commission (IPCC). has increased under terrorism legislation But out of the number, the watchdog
The IPPC reported it had received that gives the police more powers, have completed only 3,592 valid appeals,
536 complaints about stop-and- search criticized its use as unfairly targets the overwhelming majority against the
against police forces in England and minority groups. outcome of a police investigation.
Wales in the last financial year ending “Stop and search is one tool of policing While more than one in four appeals
March 2008, up from 434 in 2006/07. but use it as a bludgeon not a rapier and were upheld by the IPCC, nearly half of
But of the stop-and-search grievances, you alienate far more people than you completed allegations were resolved at a
only 169 needed to be investigated, the protect,” said director of Liberty civil rights local level, without the need for a formal
commission said in its annual report. group Shami Chakrabarti. investigation.
Some 88 per cent was said to have been “Formal complaints about stop-and- Of the 14,558 allegations, 11 per cent
unfounded. search are inevitably the tip of the iceberg, were substantiated, the same as the
Defending the figures, the Association as the young and most vulnerable lack year before. The remaining complaints
of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) said the the confidence to complain,” Chakrabarti were withdrawn, discontinued or officially
number of complaints needed to be seen suggested. dispensed with.
“in the context of over 950,000 stop-and- The IPPC report showed that the The IPCC has overall responsibility
searches carried out annually in England overall number of complaints against the for the police complaints system. It has 15
and Wales.” police remained steady in 2007/08, after commissioners, whose independence is
Figures released earlier this year by rises in recent years. guaranteed by law in that none can ever
the Ministry of Justice showed police The 43 forces received 28,963 have served as police officers.
carried out nearly one million stop-and- complaints, ranging from impoliteness
The threat of terrorism is a real one that comes from a tiny minority community and senior stakeholders – particularly at the Department
of people, whose tactics often involve befriending and influencing of Communities and Local Government and the Foreign &
vulnerable members of society. But countering this threat requires Commonwealth Office – at a range of levels. Senior Ministers will listen
positive engagement with all our communities to prevent violent to you; the community will trust you and this relatively new organisation
extremism from taking root. will depend on your contribution to have a significant impact on Counter
Terrorism efforts.
We are now looking for someone already actively involved in community
work, voluntary or otherwise, and who knows how to get out and For further information please visit our dedicated microsite at
meet the right people. You will be the key point of liaison between or for an informal, confidential discussion
communities and the Government’s counter terrorism efforts. You will please contact our advising consultants Michael Dobson on
help deliver a shared approach to resisting the threats that affect us all. 020 7017 0961, Nancy Scott on 020 7017 0915
or James Greengrass on 020 7017 0931.
You will have an awareness of, and willingness to work in the area of
Counter Terrorism, with the ability to engage positively with the Closing date: Monday 13th October 2008.
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