A youth group that provides guidance to police in Cheshire has produced a short film to promote the rights of young people during a police stop and search.
Cheshire Youth Commission teamed up with officers in Cheshire police to show how the process should work and look at the issues from both a young persons’ and police officers’ point of view.
The Cheshire Youth Commission was set-up by Cheshire’s police and crime commissioner, David Keane, to give young people a voice and the ability to influence key decision makers in policing and the criminal justice sector.
Each year, they consult more than 2,000 young people on how the police and partners can improve their engagement with young people and address key issues for under 25s.
The Stop and Search film is a result of their latest consultation where young people said they weren’t aware of why stop and search takes place or what their rights are during the procedure.
The film aims to address these issues with officers and members of the Youth Commission reenacting a routine stop and search and setting out the rights of the person being searched. It was written, produced and directed by Youth Commission members.
David Keane said: “Stop and search can be a very sensitive subject so it’s vital that young people understand their rights in this complex process.
“The Youth Commission has done a fantastic job of clearly explaining how a stop and search should work and providing greater awareness of some of the issues faced by police officers in their use of stop and search.
“The film will act as an important tool in educating more young people in Cheshire of their rights if they are ever subject to a stop and search.”
Chief constable Darren Martland added: “This is a fantastic project and Cheshire Constabulary was happy to work with the Youth Commission to produce a film that educates young people about their rights and how they should be treated by officers when conducting a stop and search.
“It’s great to see how our young people are working hard to educate their peers. Their work has also given very useful feedback to the police to ensure we get stop and search right.”
Ali Roberts, from Leaders Unlocked who coordinates the Cheshire Youth Commission, added: “The stop and search film was a fantastic way for Youth Commission members, officers and the commissioner to work closely together to highlight an individuals’ rights in a stop and search situation.
“The Youth Commission worked hard to ensure the film would engage with the younger members of the community and we have already received positive feedback.
“We look to continue to showcase the film to local young people and positively influence their opinion on stop and search situations.”