Earlier today (April 30th), the Home Secretary warned police officers that they will face disciplinary action if they fail to adhere to a revamped code of practice for using stop and search powers.
Previous inquiry into the use of stop and search by police within England and Wales has suggested that up-to a quarter of all stop and searches could have been illegal; whilst more than half of the police forces ignore current rules.
The inquiry also found that black and minority ethnic (BME) members of the public are up to six times more likely to be searched than white counterparts.
In an attempt to improve stop and search procedures, the Home Secretary has announced a new code of practice, which will see police officers have to pass a rigorous assessment of how stop and search powers are to be used; with those officers who fail the assessment being stripped of their stop and search powers.
According to the Home Secretary, the new code of practice will clarify what is constituted as reasonable grounds for police suspicion, when it comes to conducting a stop and search.
Whilst a new stop and search code of practice has been issued for the police to adhere to, for those individuals who are facing criminal proceedings, whether as the result of a stop and search or other criminal activity, it is important to seek experienced legal advice – which is where the team of solicitors at Lester Morrill can assist.
Our criminal law team is headed up by Philip Goldberg who has higher rights of audience in the Crown Court and has represented clients in all areas of criminal law; whilst all of our criminal law team are experienced in a range of criminal law matters.
To find out how we can assist you in your case, contact our Yorkshire solicitors today.