Stop and Search

Home Department written question – answered on 30th April 2008.

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Photo of David Ruffley David Ruffley Shadow Minister (Home Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the Government (a) has set and (b) plans to set targets for stop and searches by police officers in England and Wales.

Photo of Vernon Coaker Vernon Coaker Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office) (Crime Reduction)

The use of stop and search powers is an operational matter for police officers in light of local policing priorities and individual circumstances, therefore, no Government targets have been set for stop and search and there are no plans to set any.

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