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Community and Youth Engagement

Community and youth engagement is an important activity for Northamptonshire Police and is embedded in the work of all local policing. Local policing teams have officers whose main role is dedicated to engaging with young people.

Local policing teams have officers whose main role is dedicated to engaging with young people and our community engagement officers work closely with a number of groups across the county.

Youth engagement specifically in relation to stop and search takes two distinct themes: rights and responsibilities; trust and confidence.

Northamptonshire Police will continue to build on the improvements already made and work with our communities and stakeholders to increase the effectiveness of stop and search, improve public confidence, improve the quality of the encounter and ensure stop and search continues to protect you.

We will comply with the Government’s ‘Best Use of Stop and Search scheme’ by:

  • Giving members of the public the opportunity to patrol with Northamptonshire Police officers to observe the work they do
  • Introducing a community complaints trigger
  • Increasing transparency by recording all outcomes of stop and search and whether there is a connection between the grounds for the search and the outcome
  • Continuing to publish these records and statistics on the internet

Community Monitoring

The involvement and empowerment of Northamptonshire communities is essential to the success of policing the county, and a key component is local monitoring of stop and search activity.

At a local level, stop and search is monitored by community Independent Advisory Groups (IAGs).

The role of these groups is to:-

  • Hold their police to account
  • Scrutinise the operational use of stop and search
  • Provide local communities with a voice into their local police to communicate their experiences of street encounters

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner supports these groups to ensure that stop and search monitoring remains effective at a local level. For more information about how to get involved with the IAGs please click here.


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