Stop and Search update – The Herald

“Stop and search’ halved after policy put under microscope”

STOP and search operations by Police Scotland have almost halved across the country following unprecedented scrutiny of the controversial policy. In Greater Glasgow alone, the number of frisks dropped by around 70 per cent in August compared to the same month last year. Graeme Pearson, Scottish Labour’s justice spokesman, said the fall was “good news” and evidence the tactic had been based on target-setting.

Listeners Comment: An interesting development. During this project, I set up a meeting between the Police and The Portal in Govan, because of lingering resentment about the Stop and Search of local young people on the Portal’s premises. The meeting ensured that complaints were heard and the facts of the matter were cleared up. This has improved communication between these organisations.