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Justice Secretary's stout defence of stop and search thrown into question

May 30, 2014 5:47 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Following the Special Public Board Meeting of the Scottish Police Authority to discuss the SPA's Scrutiny Task Group Review of Police Scotland's Stop and Search Policy and Practice, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP said:

"The report shows just what a shambles stop and search has been in Scotland.

"The Justice Secretary has consistently said that he does not recognise the concerns which I have raised about Police Scotland's use of non-statutory stop and searcg. Today's report should make him think differently.

"We heard that officers felt under pressure to carry out searches, that many had had little training since their probationary period and that the proportionality of stop and search in certain areas was questionable.

"The Review also concluded that there was no causal link between the reduction in violent crime and stop and search activity. The First Minister, Justice Secretary and Chief Constable have all defended the use of stop and search as a key tactic in the reduction of violent crime. They are now looking increasingly isolated and are left with serious questions to answer after their stout defence of Police Scotland's use of stop and search."