The Police use of Stop and Search is highly controversial and comes under much scrutiny.
It must be evidence-based, intelligence-led and should not damage the vital relationship between police, young people and the community. This is particularly true where Section 60 stop and searches, which allow police to stop and search people without grounds for suspicion in a certain area for a limited period of time, are used.
Central Government cuts are also putting increased pressure on this kind of front line community policing, where demand outweighs what can be achieved and it is jeopardising the safety of our communities.
In relation to this issue, this week I asked Home Office Nick Hurd what steps he is taking to build trust between police and young people?