9. Aug, 2017

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Police officers are reluctant to use stop and search powers that could tackle burgeoning knife crime, because they are afraid of being accused of racism, the head of Scotland Yard has said.

Cressida Dick said the powers were a valuable tool to fight a rise in stabbings and knife-point crime and she was determined to encourage officers to use them properly on the streets.

But she said accusations of police racism for disproportionately focusing on young black men had meant some officers had lost confidence in using the powers.

Police officers are reluctant to use stop and search powers that could tackle burgeoning knife crime, because they are afraid of being accused of racism, the…
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