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More stop and search 'champion' officers appointed

There's been a 22 per cent rise in the number of stop and searches performed by officers from Staffordshire Police in one year.

More than 4,600 were carried out in the last 12 months.

Police bosses say the increase shows that officers are becomingly increasingly confident in using the power.

Staffordshire Police has now appointed officers with specialist knowledge and experience of stop and search powers to work in each neighbourhood across the county. 

A total of 13 stop and search ‘champions’ will be approachable points of contact for other officers in each Neighbourhood Policing Team to help other officers if they need any issues or advice. 

The stop and search power is regularly exercised to deter criminals – particularly those carrying drugs or weapons. 

More officers are also due to become stop and search champions in the near future. 

Chief Inspector Mark Barlow, force lead for stop and search, said: “Stop and search powers play an important role in the prevention of crime. They are an effective policing method to target and tackle crime in Staffordshire, enabling us to keep people safe and protect the most vulnerable. 

“A rise of 22 per cent shows that our officers are becomingly increasingly confident in using the power – helping us to bring individuals to justice who cause the most harm in communities. 

“Communities expect us to disrupt crime and stop and search powers enable us to do this on a daily basis.”

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