HMICFRS - Disproportionate use of police powers: A spotlight on stop and search and the use of force

Over 35 years on from the introduction of stop and search legislation, HMICFRS has found that no force fully understands the impact of the use of these powers.

When the police use their powers disproportionately – in differing proportions on different ethnic groups – it causes suspicion among some communities that they are being unfairly targeted.

This can undermine police legitimacy, which is a fundamental aspect of the British model of policing by consent.

For some individuals, particularly those who describe their ethnicity as Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic, it can reinforce the perception that there is a culture of discrimination within the police.

Now that HMICFRS has some data on the police use of force, some similar concerns are also arising about this area of practice.

The report can be viewed here.