Stop and Search: The Anatomy of a Police Power
Palgrave Macmillan (June 2015)
Edited by Rebekah Delsol and Dr Mike Shiner
Stop and search is often billed as a vital tool in the fight against crime, yet its use remains controversial. Anger and resentment over the misuse of this tactic were widely implicated among the causes of serious public disorder in 1981 and again in 2011, fuelling an ongoing cycle of crisis and reform that has engulfed British policing. This edited collection provides a detailed assessment of stop and search by leading experts in the field. It considers the legal basis of stop and search, the purpose and function of these powers, their effectiveness in tackling criome and their impact on trust and confidence in the police.