Stop and search of Black people

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2017 National Black Members' Conference
23 September 2016
Carried as Amended

Conference notes that the subject of stop and search has been debated on many occasions, but nothing has changed.

People of African heritage are six times more likely to be stopped and searched by the police in England and Wales under Section 1 of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 and 29 times as likely as white people under Section 60 of the Criminal justice and public Order Act 1994.

People of Asian heritage are twice as likely to be stopped and searched under Section 1 and six times likely under Section 60.

This disproportionate impact of stop and search on Black communities has become the norm, with no serious proposals from politicians, policy makers or the police force to deal with the essential racist use of stop and search powers. There is a deafening silence and Black communities have been left to deal with the consequences.

Conference calls on the National Black Members’ Committee (NBMC) to campaign to:-

1)Make police forces accountable for their stop and search figures while ensuring they establish plans to change their culture; and

2)To work with the Police and Justice Service Group and other organisations and community groups in the fight against the unfair use of stop and search within our Black communities.

Submitted by: South East Region

NBMC Policy: Support with qualification