The NBPA welcomes the new measures put in place by Home Secretary Theresa May on the use of Stop and Search.
Franstine Jones President of the National Black Police Association says “These measures will give much needed transparency and accountability of how the police use these powers.
The police service also needs to deal with the underlying problem that causes disproportionality in the use of these powers. The use of stop and search has gone done, but crime has not gone up. If you are and Black or Asian you are still more likely to be stopped and searched than white counterparts.
Stop and searches for drugs are driving racial disparity in the criminal justice system.
Research by Release, the national centre of expertise on drugs and drugs law shows that in England and Wales the overall rate for stop and search for drugs is 10 people per 1000 residents.
– White people are stopped and searched for drugs at a rate of 7 per 1000 residents.
– Asian people are stopped and searched for drugs at a rate of 18 per 1000 residents.
– Black people are stopped and search for drugs at a rate of 45 per 1000 residents.
Measures need to be put in place to deal with racial profiling and stereotyping of young black men.
Police officers who use stop and search powers disproportionately against Black and Asian members of the community should be held to account. This goes towards building public trust and confidence in policing. The NBPA will continue to assist the Home Office and the College of Policing in addressing these issues”.