Stop and Search your PCC
Stephanie Meets the Police and Crime Commissioner Candidate
Stephanie Palmer, responsible for the ISCRE/StopWatch – Stop and Search Your PCC project in Suffolk has been meeting with the Police and Crime Commissioner candidates in Suffolk to understand how they see this new role and to get a sneak preview into what might be in their plans should they win the elections.
For Stephanie’s take on Labour Party candidate, Jane Basham, click on this link
The day Stephanie met Conservative Party candidate, Tim Passmore, click on this link
Stephanie’s encounter with UKIP candidate, Bill Mountford click on this link
Stephanie’s interview with Independent candidate, David Cocks click on this link
Implications for the BAME led VCSE Sector
“National statistics show that under ordinary stop and search powers black people are stopped and searched by the police at 7 times the rate of whites and under section 60 powers this likelihood increases to 30 times.”
PCCs will also provide greater opportunities for streamlining of structures and joint commissioning. This provides a significant opportunity for BAME-led organisations at a local level to influence decision-making on crime and safety issues. Policing affects everyone but research evidence shows it has a disproportionate impact on individuals from BAME groups. Significantly more people from BAME groups are not only likely to be victims of crime but also more likely to come into contact with police compared to other groups.
Wait, What is a police crime commissioner?
The Home Office describes the role as, not taking over the role of superintendent, but to be the voice of the people and hold the police to account. There are currently 41 Police Authorities across England and Wales. These consist of members of the local authority, the local police force and the public and they are responsible for ensuring provision of policing for a given area. These authorities will be abolished. The new Commissioners will be elected and be expected to set out the policing plan for the next five years.