Thank you for contacting me about BAME communities and policing.
I am proud of the UK approach to policing, with trust and legitimacy vital elements of policing by consent. Recent figures from the annual Crime Survey for England and Wales showed that 70 per cent of black people aged 16 and over in England and Wales said they had confidence in their local police.
The UK has implemented measures to ensure accountability and transparency across police forces. This includes regular inspections of police engagement with communities, frequent publication of data on police powers and strengthening the police complaints system.
The recruitment of 20,000 officers provides our country with a unique opportunity to address questions concerning means by which the police can become even more effective in serving the people of all our communities.
The Government is also very clear that disciplinary and criminal proceedings may follow any serious breach of the standards expected of police officers.
Regarding stop and search, there has to be a balance between deploying tactics to help fight crime and ensuring no one feels unduly threatened. However, I want to be absolutely clear, no one should be targeted for reasons unconnected with the proper responsibilities and duties of the police.
Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.
Craig Whittaker MP