Stop and Search Community Scrutiny Panel

Stop and Search Community Scrutiny Panel

What is a Stop and Search Scrutiny Panel?

Stop and Search is an essential tool 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 by officers carrying out this pivotal role. The Police and Crime Commissioner holds Bedfordshire Police to account for their delivery of Stop and Search.

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, the PCC receives updates to his Delivery and Beating Crime Board on a quarterly basis.

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner holds the governance responsibility for the Stop and Search Scrutiny Panel/Use of Force Scrutiny Panel meeting and attends the meeting as an observer.

The Stop and Search Scrutiny Group reviews the Stop and Search data, outcomes of those searches, it also reviews Stop and Searches which have been recorded to scrutinise use of the power.

The purpose of the Stop and Search Scrutiny Panel is:

  • To provide independent scrutiny of the use of Stop and Search across Bedfordshire.
  • To provide feedback on Stop and Search practices.
  • To provide a voice for community concerns and to influence police actions.
  • To achieve greater transparency and community involvement in the use of Stop and Search powers across Bedfordshire.
  • To improve public confidence and trust in the way in which Stop and Search is conducted.
  • To review and advise on policy, training and tactical considerations.

Stop and Search Panel Members

We are recruiting for Stop and Search Panel Members, for further information please read the information leaflet below or contact us.

Please send completed application forms to PCC@beds.police.uk

Stop and Search Recruitment - Poster