PCC Statement on HMICFRS Report around the Disproportionate Use of Police Powers
Friday 26th February 2021,
The HMICFRS this morning (26/02) released a national report concerning the disproportionate use of police powers, with a spotlight on 'stop and search' and the 'use of force'.
West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Mark Burns-Williamson OBE said:
“The impact of 'stop and search' on individuals and communities can be significant. It is important that we continue to explore, assess and scrutinise the use of police powers where we can see that disproportionality exists, to understand the overall context of when such powers are used.
“I welcome the focus that this latest report brings and I remain part of the conversations both nationally and locally, ensuring that we collectively build a better understanding and for the police to improve practices wherever possible.
“The appropriate, proportionate and legitimate use of stop and search, is an important tool in helping West Yorkshire Police to prevent and tackle different types of crime, including serious violence and drugs offences for example.
“I have worked with the Chief Constable and West Yorkshire Police to help make sure that our officers know it should be an intelligence led approach, which is applied fairly.
“I also approved the funding for the roll-out and introduction of body worn cameras a few years ago, which has brought with it greater levels of transparency and accountability for the public and police alike, however, this report highlights the need to do more across policing to maintain legitimacy and trust within our communities.”