SCYJ responds to consultation on stop and search powers

SCYJ has responded to a Home Office consultation on proposals to extend police ‘stop and search’ powers around corrosive substances, drones, and laser pointers. Our response focussed on corrosive substances.

We are concerned that the proposals create extremely broad ‘reasonable grounds’ for stop and searches in relation to suspected corrosive substance possession. The increase in largely untargeted stop and searches cannot be justified on the grounds of effectiveness, and will likely increase the level of harassment young black boys feel they face from police.

Read our full response here.