LET’S TALK ABOUT STOP AND SEARCH
Published: March 2013
Publication Type: Publication
Authors: Catherine Russell, Sophie Hostick-Boakye, Tricia Hackett
“Following the summer 2011 riots, the Tottenham Community Panel asked The Young Foundation to help them understand the impact of the riots on the local community. An important part of that work was involving young people, carried out in collaboration with the College of Haringey, Enfield, and North East London”
“There was a sense that the police could be overly confrontational, with some young people pointing to a ‘power mentality’ in police officers. Young people also often felt stereotyped because of their age, ethnicity or gender, for example.”
They found that students understood why they needed to be stopped and searched, but it has to be done right (there is a strong sense that looking or dressing in a certain way will lead to a search) and people don’t always know why they’ve been stopped. Respect, from both the officer and the young person would help the process.
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