The Importance Of Suspect

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Reasonable suspicion protects the suspects, while it allows the police to do their job the right way. In orders to balance the power of the police with the rights of suspect, PACE was introduce as guideline. Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 states that the police can search an individual at a “place to which at the time when he proposes to exercise the power the public or any section of the public has access, on payment or otherwise, as of right or by virtue of express or implied permission”. However, reasonable grounds for suspicions depend on the conditions of each case at the time of the search. Police officers have high level of authority over the public, which gives them the right to stop and search any individual. Nevertheless, …show more content…
Figures show that a black person was 17.5 times more are likely to be stopped and search than a white person. In addition only less than a quarter of the searches result in an arrest statistics revealed. Furthermore this shows the impact on the police power in terms of community relations. Reasonable suspicions should be protection police officers as well as individuals. Suspects have certain rights for which provides them protection according to the PACE 1984 Act. For example section 2 of the PACE states that an individual can request information such as name and what police station the officer, and the reason for the …show more content…
The police use this method to deter weapons, drugs and stolen properties, which in return make communities safer. The Met commissioner, Sir Hogan-Howe revealed how crime in London had dropped by 30% overall. For example Newham figure shows reduction on crime 5,871 to 3,804 and knife crime injuries up from 57 to 66. This changes are dues to the stop and search in the police force. Although, it has been pointed out that “knife crime is at its lowest in seven year” Theresa May believe that it is unfair, and wastes valuable police time time carrying out unnecessary stop and search. Thus, she says, the police could put their time in a better use by focusing on working with gangs and creating enhanced relationship with the

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