Impact of Stop & Search

It is important to measure the impact stop and search has on communities and individuals as we recognise that stop and search is an intrusive power.

We plan to do this through effective community engagement and accountability.

Our use of stop search is an agenda item discussed at a meeting which includes representation from the Force's Independent Advisory Groups, representation from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC), community engagement team and equality and diversity officers.

To ensure accountability, comprehensive monthly stop and search data is published.

Community Complaints Trigger

Gwent Police believes that stop and search powers should be used with the support and understanding of all communities and that this support is developed by ensuring that all members of the public are treated with dignity and respect at all times, and most particularly when being stopped and searched.

The Best Use of Stop and Search Scheme requires Forces to have a community complaints trigger in place, particularly where there are a large number of complaints relating to stop and search. Where the trigger is reached, Forces are required to explain their use of their stop and search powers to community groups.

Gwent Police historically receives very low numbers of complaints with regards to stop and search, so we have decided to treat every complaint as a community trigger. Therefore, all complaints that are received are reviewed by our Professional Standards Department and discussed by the Strategic Stop Search Working Group including local policing single points of contact (SPOCs) with Independent Advisory Group members (IAGs) and community forums if necessary to allow public scrutiny and feedback.

Year to date (April 2016 to March 2017), Gwent Police have received one complaint relating to stop and search.

Code of Ethics

The Code of Ethics is a Code of Practice for the Principles and Standards of Professional Behaviour for the Policing Profession of England and Wales.

The standards of professional behaviour that are expected of every member of our workforce are contained in the Code of Ethics.

Ethical behaviour comes from the values, beliefs, attitudes and knowledge that guide the judgements of each individual Police Officer.

There are nine policing principles that are built on the Nolan Principles of Public Life, with the addition of 'Fairness' and 'Respect'. Our nine policing principles are:

  • Accountability
  • Integrity
  • Openness
  • Fairness
  • Leadership
  • Respect
  • Honesty
  • Objectivity
  • Selflessness

These principles should also underpin every decision and action across policing. They should be used in day-to-day operational activities which include stop and search.