Police improve use of stop-and-search powers

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A formal agreement designed to stop Thames Valley Police using stop-and-search powers against an unjustifiably-high proportion of black and asian people has come to an end.

The 18-month agreement was drawn up after the Equality and Human Rights Commission found Thames Valley Police could not justify why it was stopping and searching a disproportionate number of black and asian people.

The commission said the force has now improved, and has reduced “significant and persistent” race differences in searches.

John Wadham, a spokesman for the commission, said: “The force’s results show that the police can use intelligence to target stops and searches better. We hope their example will result in better policing, and, in turn, increased public confidence in the service.”