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?
High value thefts and drug-related harm are priority issues for us in Hart and this is represented in the searches we have carried out in this quarter.
More than 70 per cent of the searches conducted have been where there is suspicion of drugs, while we have also seen stops for going equipped and for stolen goods.
Is our use of Stop and Search in Hart proportionate?
Our latest data shows a black person was not more likely to be stopped than a white person in the district, but Asian people were 2.3 times more likely and those of other ethnicities were 10.4 times more likely.
During the reporting period 2 of the stop searches were on subjects who identified as Asian. Both searches resulted in a positive outcome. It is important to note that disproportionality is based on the census data from 2011 since which the demographics of our community may have altered.
Stop Search Scrutiny is led by Hart district Inspector and he utilises our Independent Advisory group to scrutinise stop checks completed in the Hart area and to provide learning and feedback where appropriate.
As a District commander I understand the effect that Stop Search has on a community and will continually review if it is proportionate as a Policing Tactic.
Where can I find more information about Stop & Search in Hart?
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.