A meeting of the monitoring group
The Stop and Search group is effectively the Independent Advisory Group for young people which holds the Met to account about stop and search practice in Hackney.
The young people in the group have undertaken four days training to support their work. They have learnt about and analysed Police Powers surrounding stop and search, met with the IPCC commissioner, completed 'trading places exercises' with police officers, an exercise where young people stop and search police officers, and gathered initial case studies of young people who have had negative stop and search experiences.
The young people work across 3 inivative projects:
Producing Stop and Search Training materials for the Met: the group have produced a DVD called 'Search Me' which is used to help train officers in stop and search good practice. Watch the video below:
Community engagement across the borough:
getting out and about to tell local young people about the Stop and Search Monitoring Group
giving young people information about how to make an official complaint if they feel they have not been dealt with professionally by the police.
Gathering evidence: the group has been conducting a questionnaire among young people to find out what their experience/knowledge of stop and search is.
Hackney CVS' Stop and Search Monitoring Group featured in BBC3's Free Speech programme in September 2013. The programme discusses the pain that Stop and Search causes the community as well as highlighting the success that the Monitoring Group has had in improving relations between young people and the police in Hackney. Watch the video below - the section on Stop and Search starts at 38.38.