Can you help the Force get it right on Stop and Search

Stop & Search Scrutiny group

The Force currently operates a Stop and Search Scrutiny Group.  Made up of police officers and staff, and members of the public; we meet six times a year to review a sample of the stop and search forms completed in the previous two months and examine how many searches have been completed and who has been searched.  We also look for examples of good practice to share.

If you would be interested in joining the group or being involved in this, please email Stop and Search.

Future Scrutiny Meetings

  • 19 September 2019, 1000-1200 – Offensive Weapons Focus
  • 3 July 0900-1000 – Head of Diversity, Performance Analyst, Stop Search Lead to review BAME Findings
  • 16 December 2019, 1000-1200 – Cannabis Warnings Focus
  • 16 March 2020, 1000-1200 – Young People Focus
  • 15 June 2020, 1000-1200 – BAME Focus

Scrutiny results



Scrutiny group meetings

Below are the dates of previous and forthcoming public scrutiny meetings. If you would like to join the scrutiny group meetings, please make contact in advance so that we can provide you with a briefing and information in advance, as well as inform other groups members.

Scrutiny group meeting dates
DateLocationData consideredNotes
11 May 2017 Genesis Building,

Agenda May 2017

April 2016 - March 2017

Alliance Public Scrutiny Group TOR

May notes
2 March 2017 Genesis Building,
2016 data March notes
5 Jan 2017 Genesis Building,
August 2015 - August 2016 January notes
29 Sept 2017 Genesis Building,
2 August 2017 Genesis Building,
New members briefing


During March 2017, local officers spoke to 62 known drug users in Plymouth. They were asked to voluntarily participate in a survey relating to the supply of drugs in the city, covering prices, changes in the drugs market, and their own vulnerability. Really valuable feedback was obtained in relation to how the police and partner agencies can support drug users, and can better target our activity. 

Specifically in relation to stop and search, the participants in the survey were asked how they were treated by officers when subject to a search. 

30% were broadly positive, 50% neutral, and 15% negative.

Examples of the feedback included:

  • “Generally OK but you get the odd officer who treats you bad, I react the same as the officer treats me back”.
  • “I haven’t had any problems at all”.
  • “I have been treated fairly, I know when I am in the wrong”.
  • “Police are always alright to me so I’m alright to them”.
  • “Sometimes we are treated fairly but not always”.
  • “Most of the time I am treated fairly, sometimes you get the odd cop who is rude and arrogant which makes me kick off”.
  • “yes we are but not all of the time”
  • “They had fair reason to stop me and they are respectful but if the officers attitude is bad then mine is bad”.
  • "No, not treated fairly, I have been assaulted lots of times” (would not provide details).
  • "Majority of the time when officers are rude they do it deliberately to wind me up and make me kick off”.

If you have been searched or have witnessed a search, please give us feedback direct, or complete our on-line survey.

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