Tuesday, February 11, 2014

It is irresponsible for Rachel Sylvester to use her column to call for the end of stop and search

Rachel Sylvester in her article on stop and search in the Times today emphasises that only a small percentage of stop and searches result in anything criminal being found.

However she overlooks the deterrent value of stop and search in particular communities and among particular target audiences.

Young men in inner London are deterred from carrying knives because of the high liklihood that they will be targetted for stop and search.

It is irresponsible for Rachel Sylvester to use her column to call for the end of stop and search.

If there is a rise in knief crime as a result, then I am afraid she will have to accept some degree of responsibility for the casualties.

And no mention in her piece of the support in inner London communities for stop and search - it is often the local communities who are demanding that the police take action against young men.

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/columnists/article4001790.ece

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