Stop and Search is where police briefly search a person for weapons or prohibited items. Police do this as there are many people who bring items such as knives and other weapons to places also to keep the public safe from any dangerous people. It is used in an effective and fair manner to support public confidence. They aslo do this to confirm their suspicions about an individual without having to arrest them.
Benefits of Stop and Search:
The benefits of stop and search are that people can be safer if anyone is using prohibited items or weapons. Also the benefits are its a valuable tool, especially with knife crime, and it can prevent crimes from happening. This has resulted in 3500 arrests for possession of weapons and it can take several thousnds of weapons of the streets . Police officers now use it less as people have gradually started to stop bringing weapons to places.
Risks of Stop and Search:
The risks of stop and search are that some people may be searched and have just got a prohibited item or weapon that the police think have been bought to harm people but they do not have any intension of hurting people. This can mean that person can become angry at the police and they might hurt somebody. They will also think it was unfair that they might have been targeted. It does not matter what gender, race and age you are the police will still search the person if they think it is suspcicious.