Stop and Search and Use of Force are essential tools in preventing and reducing crime and when used appropriately, this can be effective in keeping the communities of Bedfordshire safe. Nonetheless, it is important that the public understand their rights when they are stopped and searched or when force is used by officers carrying out this pivotal role. The Police and Crime Commissioner holds Bedfordshire Police to account for their delivery of Stop and Search and the Use of Force.
The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has responsibility to hold the Chief Constable to account for an efficient & effective police force. In terms of monitoring the Force’s use of Stop and Search and Use of Force, the PCC receives updates via the monthly Performance and Governance Board, and his weekly one to one’s with the Chief Constable.
The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner holds the governance responsibility for the Stop and Search and Use of Force Scrutiny Panel meeting and attends the meeting as an observer.
The Stop and Search and Use of Force Scrutiny Group reviews the Stop and Search and Use of Force data, the outcomes of those searches, and it also reviews Stop and Searches and Use of Force which have been recorded to scrutinise use of the power.
The purpose of the Scrutiny Panel is: