Knives: Clacton

Home Department written question – answered on 9th July 2014.

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Photo of Douglas Carswell Douglas Carswell Conservative, Clacton

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she has had with the Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex on incidents involving knives in Clacton and the potential effect of stop and search guidelines.

Photo of Damian Green Damian Green The Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice, The Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice

There have been no specific discussions with the Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex on incidents involving knives in Clacton.

The Best Use of Stop and Search scheme was announced by the Secretary of State for the Home Department, my right hon. Friend Mrs May, on 30 April 2014, and the intention is to launch the scheme in the summer. The scheme aims to achieve greater transparency and community involvement in the use of stop and search by the police and support a more intelligence-led approach leading to better outcomes, particularly improving the stop and search to arrest ratio.

Only 9% of the 1.2 million stop and searches that took place in 2011-12 led to an arrest. The adoption of an intelligence-led approach to stop and search by the Metropolitan police in January 2012 coincided with a fall of a third in the number of recorded stop and searches taking place between 2011-12 and 2012-13, while the proportion of resultant arrests increased from 8% to 12%. Meanwhile in the same period, offences recorded by the Metropolitan police involving knives or sharp instruments fell by 20%.

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