The Use of 'Everyday' Stop and Search Powers

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Abstract

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) is often held as one of the most overseen, accountable and human rights compliant police organisations in the western world – as the global ‘gold standard’ – embedded through the reforms under Independent Commission for Policing in Northern Ireland (ICP). Yet in spite of the vast oversight machinery which acts a general guarantor to this status, curious lacunae exist with regard to the specific power of police stop and search. As one of the most high profile and controversial policing tactics in England and Wales for over 40 years, the issue of ‘everyday’ stop and search, has until recently, been something of a non-issue in Northern Ireland.

Keywords

  • policing
  • Police Service of Northern Ireland
  • stop and search
  • civil liberties
  • police practice
  • police powers
  • young people
  • youth justice

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