Responding to Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary report into the police use of stop and search, published today, Greater Manchester’s Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd said:
“While HMIC raises concerns that police forces have made slow progress in improving the use of stop and search, in Greater Manchester I continue to challenge police leaders on this issue which has led to significant improvements in how Greater Manchester Police uses this power.
“Earlier this year I held a public forum to examine the progress GMP has made and put further improvements in place. I have also launched a web app so the public can share with me their experiences of being stopped. This will help me hold GMP to account and make sure they are using the power appropriately and fairly.
“Stop and search is a vital tool in keeping our communities safe, but when is it used wrongly the public’s trust is betrayed. Progress is being made in Greater Manchester but there is still a way to go. I will raise HMIC’s recommendations with the Chief Constable and continue to challenge GMP on this issue to ensure they build on the work they have already done to improve the use of stop and search and work with communities to build public confidence.”
You can access the app at www.gmpcc.org.uk/stopandsearch
View the report on HMIC’s website.