BBC News – Police Scotland stopped and searched thousands of children

Stop and searchPolice say the cease and search coverage has led to a discount in violent crime and delinquent dysfunction

Police Scotland stopped and searched thousands of children between the ages of eight and 12 final yr, in response to knowledge obtained by BBC Scotland.

Officers carried out P,912 searches on children in that age group between April and December 2013.

The figures have been revealed forward of the Scottish Police Authority publishing a assessment of the cease and search tactic.

Police Scotland stated the tactic had contributed to a discount in violence and anti-social behaviour

The pressure stated a complete of 640,699 searches have been carried out throughout the 12 months to the top of March.

The determine is 3 times greater than the 222,315 searches carried out by London’s Metropolitan drive, which polices a inhabitants larger than that of Scotland.

You can discover all of the cease and search knowledge utilizing the SEARCHABLE DATABASE developed by BBC Scotland.

BBC Scotland databaseBBC Scotland has created a searchable database of the cease and search knowledge

The SPA has advisable Police Scotland ought to evaluate its coverage on cease and search. The pressure has arrange a brand new unit to attract up tips and monitor its practices to make sure the tactic is employed in the identical means throughout the nation.

The Scottish Police Authority has been reviewing the info since January to evaluate the effectiveness of the tactic, which permits officers to look individuals for medicine, alcohol, stolen items and weapons.

The figures obtained by BBC Scotland, by way of a Freedom of Information request, confirmed that about sixteen% of the searches involving children within the eight to 12 age group yielded constructive outcomes.

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Of these, seventy nine% have been consensual, the place the kid searched agreed to be searched and an officer didn’t require affordable suspicion.

Bar chart of stop and searches by age group

Among younger individuals, sixteen-yr-olds have been mostly stopped (38,132), adopted by 17-yr-olds (32,409).

The figures additionally confirmed individuals in Glasgow have been greater than 10 occasions as more likely to be stopped and searched by police than these in Aberdeen.

There have been A,027 searches per 10,000 individuals in Glasgow City in contrast with 297 searches per 10,000 individuals in Aberdeen.

There seemed to be no concentrating on of ethnic minorities in police cease and searches, with most involving Caucasian males.

The knowledge, for April to December, additionally revealed:

  • A quarter of all 519,213 cease and searches yielded constructive outcomes
  • 70% of all searches have been consensual
  • Searches have been made for medicine (220,786), alcohol (167,730) and weapons (eighty four,756)
  • The most searches have been carried out in Greater Glasgow (201,558), Ayrshire (eighty two,501) and Lanarkshire (eighty one,584)
  • The most searches (sixty nine,837) have been carried out in August 2013
  • A single officer was chargeable for conducting 949 searches
  • eighty four% of searches have been carried out on males
  • Searches additionally resulted within the discovery of extra uncommon gadgets akin to wildlife (forty) and fireworks (B,252).

Informed consent

The evaluation of cease and search comes within the wake of Home Secretary Theresa May announcing an overhaul of the practice in England and Wales over considerations searches have been used too extensively and focused ethnic minorities.

The tactic was most prevalent within the previous Strathclyde Police space, however has been prolonged nationwide following the creation of the brand new Police Scotland drive.

stop and search officerOfficers carried out greater than half one million searches for medicine, alcohol, stolen items and weapons

The SPA assessment stated it was troublesome to discover a rationale for the roll-out of cease and search all through Scotland.

Authority member Brian Barbour stated: “Our main conclusion is that cease-and-search as a tactic does contribute to a discount in violence and decreasing anti-social behaviour, however the extent of that contribution is unknown.

“We might discover no causal hyperlink between the discount in violence and the quantity of cease-and-search exercise.”

He added: “There are questions round proportionality and consistency of strategy within the age profile of these searched, notably these underneath 24, over eighty and certainly beneath 10s the place it’s questionable why children underneath 10 can be searched on a non-statutory foundation.”

Scotland’s Children’s Commissioner Tam Baillie stated it was incorrect that children and younger individuals have been being subjected to cease and search on such a big scale.

He stated: “They account for over 30% of all searches in Scotland and the overwhelming majority are non-statutory.

This excessive incidence is regarding and is discriminatory. I am very disturbed that a substantial quantity of children aged 9 or beneath are being subjected to cease and search.

“There is not any justification for this apply getting used on children beneath eight years previous, as they can’t give knowledgeable consent and are under the age of legal duty.”

‘Intelligence-led’

Police Scotland Chief Constable Stephen House stated cease and search “has contributed to violence and anti-social behaviour reductions throughout Scotland”.

However, he accepted that “processes and communications can and must be improved”.

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The use of cease and search contributes to the truth that crime is at an virtually forty yr low”

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Scottish authorities spokesman

He added: “We will take all applicable steps to make sure that cease and search is carried out as half of our engagement with the general public, to detect weapons, medicine and alcohol and to discourage individuals from carrying these sooner or later.

“We may even make sure that it’s accomplished in an intelligence-led method with respect for the rights of people in order that the general public trust and belief within the policing service that we provide.

“While I am assured that we’ve gone a substantial approach to strengthen our cease and search procedures, the suggestions we now have simply heard contained within the report present a chance for us to additional handle considerations and to assessment, develop and enhance our processes and communications much more.

The Scottish authorities stated cease and search was “one essential device police use to stop and detect crime and shield residents and communities”.

A spokesman added: “The use of cease and search contributes to the truth that crime is at an virtually forty yr low, violent crime has fallen by half since 2007, homicides at their lowest fee since data started and crimes of dealing with an offensive weapon are down by 60 per cent since 2006/07.

“We will proceed to ensure the individuals of Scotland get the perfect policing potential and as we speak’s SPA report is a welcome contribution to this.”

Speaking forward of the publication of the SPA’s evaluate, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP stated there had been “an explosion” within the quantity of cease and searches.

“The majority have little or no authorized foundation, are carried out with out intelligence or suspicion, and usually are not correctly recorded,” she stated.











































































































































Breakdown by police drive and month


Aberdeen City

S,672

April


661


May


980


June


M,034


July


886


August


856


September


589


October


532


November


483


December


651


Aberdeenshire & Moray

A,011

April


247


May


455


June


510


July


366


August


554


September


226


October


259


November


226


December


168


Argyll & W Dunbartonshire

21,475

April


P,198


May


O,063


June


P,649


July


P,538


August


A,128


September


P,336


October


P,042


November


B,940


December


M,581


Ayrshire

eighty two,501

April


S,058


May


12,539


June


thirteen,221


July


N,671


August


H,820


September


H,381


October


H,260


November


H,466


December


S,085


Dumfries & Galloway

P,531

April


244


May


321


June


376


July


268


August


326


September


349


October


209


November


237


December


201


Edinburgh

23,577

April


P,662


May


A,652


June


P,653


July


P,647


August


P,861


September


P,728


October


P,377


November


P,163


December


M,834


Fife

S,414

April


824


May


M,061


June


972


July


770


August


900


September


711


October


617


November


758


December


801


Forth Valley

S,741

April


B,023


May


M,134


June


902


July


679


August


874


September


611


October


427


November


478


December


613


Greater Glasgow

201,558

April


22,443


May


25,789


June


23,407


July


23,450


August


31,769


September


21,801


October


20,331


November


17,714


December


14,854


Highland & Islands

A,656

April


449


May


745


June


985


July


415


August


628


September


463


October


394


November


273


December


304


Lanarkshire

eighty one,584

April


H,187


May


N,259


June


10,904


July


N,496


August


10,012


September


N,506


October


N,035


November


H,258


December


S,927


Renfrewshire & Inverclyde

forty six,437

April


H,080


May


A,922


June


H,742


July


H,601


August


A,905


September


H,181


October


A,251


November


S,050


December


A,705


Tayside

17,601

April


M,197


May


B,322


June


B,342


July


O,581


August


P,611


September


P,182


October


M,979


November


M,689


December


B,698


The Lothians & Borders

thirteen,455

April


B,413


May


P,227


June


M,949


July


M,578


August


B,593


September


M,372


October


M S:forty three pm – Source: bbc.co.uk
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