Stop and Search
Stop & Search is a crucial policing tactic that enables us
to serve our purpose towards the communities of Bedfordshire in
fighting crime, protecting the public.
‘Stop and Search’ is governed by the Police and Criminal Evidence
Act which sets out how and when searches should take place. The law
requires Officers to have reasonable grounds to suspect an
individual of being in possession of articles that amount to
evidence of an offence before searching them. Where such grounds
exist, we will search individuals in order to prevent and detect
crime and make our communities safer.
Targeting ‘Stop and Search’ is effective in identifying offenders
and deterring individuals from committing crime or anti-social
behaviour. In Bedfordshire we target ‘Stop and Search’ in places
where ‘intelligence’ tells us that offenders are operating or where
we know that crimes are being committed. On occasion police
officers use their professional judgment to decide if necessary to
carry out a ‘Stop and Search’.
In August 2014 Bedfordshire Police joined the Home
Office's Best Use of Stop and Search scheme. The voluntary
scheme is designed to contribute to a significant reduction in the
overall use of stop and search, deliver better and more
intelligence-led stop and search, and improve stop-to-arrest
ratios. It will also provide the public with further information on
the outcome of searches.
With help from the British Transport Police, a video
has been created offering some useful information on
what a Stop and Search is, and what your rights are if
you are subjected to a stop a search.
For more information on our Stop and Search approach
take a look at our Stop and Search
Policy and Procedure.
If you belong to an institution in Bedfordshire and would like
to receive free training on Stop and Search please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Training is delivered by the Chair of the Stop Search Panel
Montell Neufville in partnership with the Bedfordshire Police
Community Cohesion Team.