Leicestershire Police is taking steps to improve the way it uses stop and search powers

Leicestershire Police news
Leicestershire Police news

Leicestershire’s Police and Crime Commissioner believes steps taken by the force to improve the way it uses stop and search powers will lead to greater trust and confidence in the police.

Sir Clive Loader says Leicestershire Police has made positive changes to the way it monitors the impact of stop and search in recent years but recognises there is still much more to do.

Hesaid: “I want everybody to have confidence that Leicestershire Police are using this power proportionately and correctly.”

His comments follow a HMIC report which says the force requires improvement when it comes to fully complying with the use of stop and search. Giving an overall ‘Good’ grading, the report - PEEL: Police Legitimacy 2015 - praised the force for the way it engages with local communities and its use of Taser, which was ‘fair and appropriate.’

But it said Leicestershire Police is not complying with all aspects of the Best Use of the Stop and Search Scheme. HMIC said since its inspection last year, the force had put in place appropriate arrangements for monitoring and independent scrutiny.