Stop and Search Police are more likely to stop and search powers against black, Asian and mixed race people than white people in some parts of England. This is then showing that a racial inequality with police is an issue and should police be aloud to stop and search people if they have no evidence that they are creating an unrest to the community, or are black people victimized when it comes to the police stop and search powers.
To search a person or vehicle under pace, police must have a reasonable and justifiable explanation to stop and search The highest disproportionately ratios were mound in the following places: In Dorset it showed that black people were 1 1. 7 times more likely than white people to be stopped and searched In West Marcia, Asian people were 3. 4 times more likely than white people to be stopped and searched In Hierarchies, people of mixed race were 4. 4 times more likely than white people to be stopped and searched.
Section 60 of the Criminal Justice and public order act 1998, states that police can stop and search someone for weapons, without suspicion that the person is involved in wrongdoing. However, an officer must have a reasonable belief that a crime had or s about to occur. A stop like this can only take place in a specific area for a short period of time. 10 forces with the most section 60 stops in 2011-2012 and also had the highest disproportionately ratios were found in the following places.
In the West Midlands, black people were 29 times more likely to be stop a searched than white people. In the west Midlands, Asian people were six times more likely than white people to be targeted In the Thames Valley, people of mixed race were 10. 14 times more likely than white people to be targeted. This is also showing a racial inequality. If stop and search is used proportionally and intelligently the police can then protect the public and help reduce crime.
However, there need to be an improvement with black and ethnic minority groups. Statistics show that there has been an improvement over the last few years by some police forces to help address racial imbalance in their use of stop and search. However, if you look at this overall the way police use the stop and search power against black. Asian and mixed race people remain still stubbornly high in comparison to how many times the white people are stopped and searched.