South Yorkshire police chiefs sign up to new ‘stop and search’ scheme

South Yorkshire Police Chief Constable David Crompton
South Yorkshire Police Chief Constable David Crompton

Police chiefs in South Yorkshire have signed up to a Government scheme aimed at making best use of ‘stop and search powers’.

The voluntary scheme is part of a range of measures aimed at reducing the overall use of ‘stop and search’ powers and leading to better and more intelligence-led stop and searches and more effective outcomes.

Some 35 forces nationwide have agreed to take part.

They will record outcomes of all searches carried out and restrict the number carried out when there is ‘no suspicion’.

Chief Constable David Crompton said: “We welcome the new guidance in the Best Use of Stop and Search Scheme.

“The new scheme aims to achieve greater transparency and community involvement and is more focused around intelligence to gain better outcomes.

“I am confident that in South Yorkshire, stop and searches are carried out proportionately and appropriately.

“Stop and search is a valuable police power that assists in the fight against crime and helps to keep our communities safe.”

British Transport Police officers will also be joining the scheme before the end of the year.