Another grim set of headlines about boys being murdered on our streets.
And, inevitably, the Stop & Search debate comes back round again.
Depressingly, the prevailing tone has become more and more binary – a back-and-forth argument between those who regard Stop & Search as the root of all evil and those who regard it as the solution to everything.
Both perspectives are wrong.
I was a police officer for more than twenty-five years and there are two things that I am absolutely certain of when it comes to Stop & Search:
(1) It saves lives
(2) It isn’t the long term solution to anything
I haven’t given up on hope. I know that there are answers to knife crime – based on the development of a genuine public health approach, sustained over 20+ years and independent of any form of political control.
But it is going to take time. Time that tomorrow’s victims don’t have.
In the meantime, the greatest duty – and privilege – that any police officer will ever have is to save a life. That’s what we need them to be doing out there, right...
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