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Best Use of Stop & Search Scheme launched in Dorset

Dorset Police has launched key elements of the Best Use of Stop and Search Scheme this week in an effort to lead to better and more intelligence led stop and searches and more effective outcomes.

The voluntary scheme announced by the Home Secretary in April is being implemented in Dorset to deliver improved intelligence led outcomes and to enhance public scrutiny of Stop and Search activity.

Dorset Police has introduced a community trigger process which means that public representatives sit on a Stop Search Community Scrutiny panel which considers Stop and Search activity, community issues and complaints against police relating to this tactic.

As part of the new scheme, the use of the Section 60 ‘no suspicion’ powers have been restricted. Authorisation to use these powers can now only be given by a Chief Officer.

Section 60 ‘no suspicion’ powers are used when it is believed that serious violence will occur.

Dorset Police lead, Chief Inspector Ashley Adams said: “Dorset Police is committed to using Stop and Search powers to prevent and detect crime and to do so with transparency and honesty so as to inspire trust and confidence within the communities of Dorset.

“Any community representatives who wish to learn more about the Stop Search Scrutiny Panel or lay observation within Dorset are invited to contact myself via email: Ashley.Adams@dorset.pnn.police.uk.”

Issued: 2 December 2014