Not five minutes ago were Politicians and the media stating that Stop & Search incites racism, and shouldn’t be used.
Fast forward five minutes, and Politicians and the Media are telling Police to use Stop & Search to help tackle knife crime.
I stand by the fact that I believe Stop & Search to be one of the most effective tools we have. Yes it may be a bit embarrassing, and yes people will stop and stare because apparently that’s what we do these days…. but if you have nothing to hide, then you have nothing to lose.
If you don’t want to be searched, if you kick up a stink, the chances are you’re probably in possession of something you shouldn’t be. Don’t forget, we actually need grounds to conduct a Stop & Search, we can’t just pick on people. (Contrary to what the media would let you believe.)
It prevents crime.
Every knife off the street is another life likely saved.
Every bit of intelligence obtained helps us build the bigger picture.
But do you know what would really help?
If we could actually do our job. Stop & Search is part of our job. If you are a businessman we don’t take away your computer keyboard. If you’re a Doctor we don’t take away your defibrillator. If you’re a fireman we don’t take away your hose. If you’re a taxi driver we don’t take away your steering wheel.
So why should we have Stop & Search taken away from us? Stop using it to make fake and juicy headlines and to aid Political agendas and start letting us do our job, do what we are trained to do, and try to tackle the surge in violent crime.
To the year June 2018, ONS stated there has been:
- A continued rise in the number of Police recorded offences involving knives or sharp instruments (up 12% excluding Greater Manchester Police)
- The number of admissions to Hospital in England and Wales for assaults involving a sharp instrument has increased.
- The number of homicides increased following a long-term decline (up 14% excluding terror attacks)
- A 22% increase in Police recorded offences of Robbery
Stop & Search ultimately helps saves lives. So let us use it.