Caroline Pidgeon calls for "a renewed focus on an effective and robust model of British community policing in London"


In an article for "Inside Croydon", Caroline Pidgeon writes "We must see a move away from policing tools such as suspicion-less stop and search and LFR and instead see a renewed focus on an effective and robust model of British community policing in London."

The Lib Dem Assembly member has since 2008, been a member of the Metropolitan Police Authority and its successor body, MOPAC, the London Assembly’s Police and Crime Committee.

Caroline reports that "it is clear to me that the increasing use of suspicion-less stop and search is contributing to deteriorating relations between the police and many people in London, particularly black Londoners."

Commenting on the introduction of live facial recognition technology, Caroline says "The roll-out has been hasty, ill-advised and totally inappropriate, yet the Mayor continues to support its use, despite the chilling effects on civil liberties."

She concludes "We also need to see swift and comprehensive action to challenge disproportionality in the force, not just warm words. We must see a move away from policing tools such as suspicion-less stop and search and LFR and instead see a renewed focus on an effective and robust model of British community policing in London."

Read the full article on Inside Croydon here.


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