Statement from West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner on HMIC's Stop and Search Powers Report (24 Mar 2015)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson said: "I understand the recommendations raised by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) in relation to their national inspection.

"Stop and Search needs to be intelligence led, used proportionately, sensitively and fairly and those stopped should be able to clearly understand the reason for such stops and searches. 

"I have been working with the Chief Constable since 2013 to address the concerns raised and implement the changes needed to make sure we get Stop and Search right here in West Yorkshire.

"We will continue to work together to ensure West Yorkshire Police continues to make good progress against the recommendations made by HMIC.

"This includes our scrutiny and oversight, both internally and externally, so that through me, our communities can be reassured that WYP is held fully to account.

"In line with this I welcomed in December the increased transparency and public accountability as part of West Yorkshire's involvement of the Best Use of Stop and Search Scheme and the mapping of West Yorkshires' Stop and Search data on the website."

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