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Stop and search is working and police should 'feel confident, trusted and supported' in using their powers, Home Secretary Sajid Javid has said.
Speaking to a conference of police chiefs today Mr Javid vowed to 'reduce bureaucracy and increase efficiency in the use of this power' to tackle rising levels of violent crime in London.
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Figures released last week showed that the number of stop and searches in London has fallen in the last year despite the upward trend in knife crime.
Mr Javid said money was not the only way to improve policing and said police had to be confident in stopping and searching suspects, the Evening Standard reported.
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He said: 'Money alone isn’t the answer. That’s why I’m also making sure the police have the right powers too.
'One of these powers is stop and search. I want officers to feel confident, trusted and supported in using stop and search, and I will be looking at ways to reduce bureaucracy and increase efficiency in the use of this power.'
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In the year to March, police conducted 282,248 stops and searches – a fall of 7 per cent on the previous 12 months and the lowest number since current data collection started in the year to March 2002.
In London there was a fall of 2.4 per cent to 135,850, despite the level of knife crime rising to 14,987 attacks in the year ending in June, the highest on record.
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While use of the tactic has fallen, the proportion of stop and searches leading to an arrest, 17...
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