Stop and search harms fight against knife crime, Met officer says

Police use of stop and search in minor drug offences results in ‘loss of trust with community’

Stop and search for suspected minor drug crimes such as cannabis possession is hampering the Metropolitan police’s ability to tackle London’s knife crime epidemic by souring relationships with the public, the chair of the Metropolitan Black Police Association has said.

DS Janet Hills said stopping and searching young people on suspicion of simple cannabis possession alienated potential witnesses and sources of intelligence, and created an adversarial relationship between officers and the people they are supposed to serve.

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Source: The Guardian
Stop and search harms fight against knife crime, Met officer says