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Northumbria Police reach out to students to review Stop and Search procedure

29 May 2018 11:00 AM

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Northumbria Police has been working closely with university students to gain feedback on their Stop and Search procedure.

Officers visited Northumbria University last week (May 22), to interact with students and help improve Stop and Search practices in the future.

Twenty students from the university were involved in an interactive workshop led by Superintendent Paul Milner and officers from his team.

The workshop involved discussing live videos of Stop and Searches taking place, and then collecting student’s opinions on what was done well and where could be improved.

Students and officers also spoke about when a Stop and Search was an appropriate action to help keep the community safe.

There was then the opportunity for students to ask questions and gain a better understanding of the process from an Officer’s perspective.

Superintendent Paul Milner feels the feedback gained will be invaluable moving forward.

He said: “As a police force, we stand amongst the best in the country with our performance surrounding Stop and Search.

“However, it’s crucial that we listen to the local community and always look to improve the service that we provide.

“This event has been vital, and we have gained a huge amount of positive feedback on our current Stop and Search protocol.

“We hope to make events such as this a regular occurrence, and continue to work with students and local communities in order to gain an understanding of the impact Stop and Searches have on particular groups in our force area.”

The use of stop and search powers allow the police to tackle crime and keep our communities safe.

For more advice and information on Stop and Search in Northumbria, please visit: https://www.northumbria.police.uk/advice_and_information/stop_and_search/