Stop and Search Scrutiny
The constabulary is keen for members of the public to be involved in the scrutiny of our use of powers such as stop and search and the way in which our officers and staff use force. The constabulary holds external scrutiny meetings on a quarterly basis. Meetings taking place this year are as follows:
Use of Police Powers Scrutiny, 4th September 2018 - Cheshire Constabulary HQ, Clemonds Hey, Oakmere Road, Winsford, CW7 2UA
There will also be regular community cohesion group meetings taking place throughout the year at police stations in your local area. If you would like to take part in any of these meetings or explore some of the other ways that you can get in involved please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will respond to your email as quickly as possible.
Updates about all aspects of the scrutiny of your stop and search encounters will be published below.
“Cheshire Constabulary is clear about the importance of its officers carrying out fair and effective stop and searches. We are open and transparent about the data that we use to help us to determine whether our stop and searches are fair and effective. The information shown in this section of our website is also presented at internal and external scrutiny meetings across the force area. The data continues to mirror that for the country as a whole by showing that there is disparity between the rate of stop and searches carried out on black people compared to those carried out on white people."
To further our understanding of this disparity and in order to close the gap, the constabulary has this year taken the following actions:
- Made Improvements to way in which we collect data on the ethnicity age and gender of stop and search subjects
- We are continuing with the scrutiny processes that were put in place following the 2015 HMICFRS report – every single stop and search encounter in Cheshire is scrutinsed by a supervisor with specialist knowledge of the grounds required for fair and effective stop and search encounter
- We are continuing to provide our officers with unconscious bias training throughout 2018/19
- We have commissioned an academic research paper which involved a researcher contacting people who have been the subject of stop and search in Cheshire in order to get their views. The report has been published on our website and we have already implemented several of the recommendations made in the report. The author of the report is continuing to work with the constabulary on a voluntary basis to collect feedback on a fortnightly basis with “call-backs” to subjects with a black and minority ethnic heritage a priority
- We have improved representation of black and minority ethnic groups at our independent advisory group (IAG) and external scrutiny meetings
- We have acted on feedback from one of our IAG members and reviewed the accessibility of our “know your rights” stop and search information. We have provided our officers with guidance on how to access this information in different languages
- Formulation of a strategic stop to monitor progress on all of the above
If you would like to take part in any of our external scrutiny meetings or explore some of the other ways that you can get in involved please email us at email@example.com and we will respond to your email as quickly as possible