Frontline feedback to shape new training on stop and search

The results of the College’s randomised control trial are being analysed.

​Feedback from frontline officers is being used to develop new training for stop and search.

Results from the UK's first randomised control trial of stop and search training are currently being analysed. Officers from six forces - Cleveland, Sussex, Thames Valley, the Metropolitan Police Service, Greater Manchester and the British Transport Police – took part in the training during September and October 2015.  An independent evaluation of the pilot is currently being carried out that looks at how well the pilot was delivered and its impact.

Emerging results of the evaluation – which includes interviews, observations and surveys of frontline officers– are already being used to develop new stop and search training and national guidance, known as Authorised Professional Practice (APP).

Aimed at Constable and Sergeant ranks, the training is expected to be a combination of online learning and face-to-face training – focusing on effective decision making, avoiding bias and how to improve the quality of handling the encounter.

The full report on the trial is expected to be published in late May following an academic peer review.

College of Policing uniformed policing lead, Richard Bennett, said: "Stop and search is a major issue for frontline police and it is a priority for us to make the latest research and evidence available to officers and staff to enable them to work in the most effective way. Using frontline feedback to shape our work is vital.

"This pilot was the UK's first randomised control trial on stop and search and it involved 1,323 officers. Initial feedback has been positive, with many officers telling us how informative they found the training.

"While we're still in the process of evaluating the pilot we are already using our early findings to inform our new APP and our final training package. This is to ensure we are helping the police service use the power of stop and search in the most effective way to protect the public, prevent crime and maintain and improve the support of communities."

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