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NCJ Number: 185466 Find in a Library
Title: Impact of Stops and Searches on Crime and the Community
Author(s): Joel Miller; Nick Bland; Paul Quinton
Editor(s): Carole F. Willis
Date Published: 2000
Page Count: 83
Sponsoring Agency: Great Britain Home Office, Policing and Reducing Crime Unit
London, SW1H 9HD, England
Publication Number: ISBN 1-84082-519-7
Sale Source: Great Britain Home Office, Policing and Reducing Crime Unit
Research, Development and Statistics Directorate
Clive House, Room 415
Petty France
London, SW1H 9HD,
United Kingdom
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This report considers the role of stops and searches in policing, the effectiveness of searches against crime and their impact on the community.
Abstract: The research draws in part on statistics collected by the U.K. Home Office and literature from Britain and the United States. While searches play some role in fighting crime and lead to about one-tenth of arrests nationally, they appear to have only a small impact on the detection and prevention of recorded or reported crime. Searches tend to have a negative impact on public confidence in the police. Bad feeling results, at least in part, from a perception by individuals stopped and searched that police officers are not polite and do not provide adequate explanations for stopping them. There is, however, in principle support for both stops and searches, provided they are used properly. The report recommends ways by which police can minimize the negative impact on community confidence of stops and searches while maximizing their effectiveness against crime. It emphasizes the efficient and targeted use of searches based on intelligence and high levels of suspicion and focusing on more serious crimes and more prolific offenders. Tables, figures, boxes, notes, references, appendix
Main Term(s): Foreign police
Index Term(s): Crime prevention measures; Literature reviews; Police policies and procedures; Police-citizen interactions; Public Opinion of the Police; Statistics; Stop and frisk; United Kingdom (UK); United States of America
Note: Police Research Series Paper 127
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