(London Post – PR) Figures published today show the number of people from BME backgrounds stopped and searched has fallen 68 per cent since 2011. The arrest rate for stops and searches has increased from 9 per cent in 2011 to 14 per cent this year.
Home Secretary Theresa May said:
“No one should be stopped and searched on the basis of their race or ethnicity.
“Stop and search powers are vital in the fight against crime when used correctly. However, they must be applied fairly and only when needed – and in a way that builds community confidence rather than undermining it.
“Today’s figures show black people were four times more likely than white people to be stopped and searched in 2014/15, compared with nearly seven times more likely in 2010/11. That means that stops and searches on people from BME backgrounds have fallen by more than two-thirds since 2011. This is a step in the right direction but I expect the police to continue delivering better and more intelligence-led stop and search.”
– The stop to arrest ratio was 9% when the Home Secretary announced a public consultation on the use of stop and search in 2011. In 2014/2015 this has risen to 14% – the highest proportion since records began.
– Since the year ending March 2011, stops on people from BME backgrounds have fallen by 68% and on black people by 70%.
– The Home Office launched the Best Use of Stop and Search Scheme (BUSS) in November 2014. The voluntary scheme includes four measures – increasing transparency by recording all outcomes of stop and search, including whether there is a connection between the reason for the search and the outcome; restricting the use of Section 60 “no suspicion” powers; giving members of the public the opportunity to observe stop and search in practice; and the introduction a community complaints trigger – ensuring that complaints are properly monitored and scrutinised.
– Data showing a monthly force-by-force overview of stop and search collected under BUSS is published on police.uk