Councillor Kris Brown, Liberal Democrat candidate for Police and Crime Commissioner, has called on Merseyside police to scrap “discriminatory” stop and search in the region and challenges the police to increase diversity amongst officers.
Liberal Democrat MPs recently put forward a bill in the House of Commons to scrap suspicion-less (Section 60) stop and search given evidence of vast disproportion of use against BAME communities.
In addition, Cllr Brown is calling for action to increase diversity in the police as new figures reveal that only
The number of Black officers in Merseyside has only risen by 1 since March 2019, even though the total size of the force has increased by 236. Only 0.5% of officers in Merseyside Police are black.
Councillor Kris Brown said:
“I am calling for two things. First to end suspicion-less stop and search which is disproportionately affecting BAME communities.
“Secondly, to build trust and confidence in the police among BAME communities, we must address the shocking lack of diversity, and bringing more BAME people into this key profession.”
“The Liberal Democrats are fighting for a free and fair society, where nobody should feel discriminated against. We must end any form of unfair discrimination in our communities and rebuild trust by improving the representation of Black communities throughout our society, including in the police and the judiciary, as part of a proper Race Equality Strategy.”