Members of the public are being invited to give views on how Northamptonshire Police carries out stop and search.
A working group’s being set up to improve transparency and boost community engagement.
There are a number of laws that give police officers the powers to stop and search an individual or their vehicle without having to arrest them first, but they must have clear grounds for doing so, based on accurate and up to date information.
Officers can carry out a stop and search if they have reasonable grounds to suspect someone is involved in crime, or is carrying illegal drugs, a weapon, stolen property, or something that could be used to commit a crime.
Chief Inspector Lara Alexander-Lloyd said: “When used effectively, stop and search is a valuable policing tool that can help prevent and detect crime and make our communities safer. However, the impact stop and search has the individual can be significant and we also recognise that some communities feel that use of the power is not always proportionate or appropriate.
“The reason we want to encourage public involvement in the working group is to communicate better with our communities and work in partnership with them around stop and search.”
More information about stop and search, can be found at www.northants.police.uk/stopsearch.