The force has a commitment to becoming more open and transparent. Part of this is being better at sharing and engaging on some of the powers that our police officers use to keep people safe, and that includes Stop and Search.
We believe that greater scrutiny will further ensure that our use of these is right and proper.
What are we searching for?
Officers in East Hants have conducted more Street Encounters during the last quarter, with 74 per cent being drug related, 10 per cent related to tackling knife crime and 8 per cent focused on stolen goods.
Is our use of Stop and Search in East Hants proportionate?
The data from quarter one shows a black person is 6.5 times more likely to be stopped compared to a white person, with a person of mixed race ethnicity 1.3 times more likely and an Asian person 3.6 times more likely.
East Hants has a large white population (96%) which can cause disproportionality when it comes to the searches that are conducted, with this data calculated using figures from the 2011 Census Data at present.
Full and frank discussions about the use of powers is extremely important to us. We know that while there are those who support the use of them, there are also people who have concerns about the fairness and transparency.
We need views from others so we are doing far more engagement than we did previously. Scrutiny involving our Independent Advisory Groups (made up of members of the public) is therefore part of our approach, and we would encourage people all of our communities to get involved in these groups. We also want to hear more views on Stop and Search. Follow us on Facebook if you’d like to take part in discussions about policing in your local area.
Where can I find more information about Stop and Search in East Hants?
You can see more about the numbers by looking at the infographic, below. We have also provided the same data in a different format if that is easier for you.