Police release stop and search data for the Burnham-On-Sea area
and search data for the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area has
been added to an online crime maps service this month as part
of a new police initiative to promote openess.
information showing details like the ethnicity, gender and age
range of those who are stopped and searched will be published
alongside crime data on www.police.uk.
data shows that in December 2014, there was one stop and search
in Burnham and two in Highbridge with no follow-on arrests.
move will help the police service be more open about the use of
stop and search, an issue which is important amongst communities
across the country.
and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens has welcomed the introduction,
saying it is a key issue in local communities.
said: "Stop and search is an emotive issue for many people
and it something people will often raise with me. Its a
useful tool for the police when used appropriately but the community
must have confidence that it is being used fairly. Well
drive up confidence by being more open, so I welcome this move,
but the police cannot become complacent."
need to keep having conversations with our communities and use
their feedback to continue improving in this area. The Constabulary
have agreed to report on the progress made following their stop
and search summit this spring and I look forward to hearing about
how the community feel its going."
Home Office committed last year to using geo-mapping technology
to make stop and search more transparent than ever before, to
bring greater accountability to how forces are using stop and
search and to improve the way officers use the sensitive power.
can find stop and search data by searching online maps at www.police.uk