Cleveland Police is part of the "Best Use of Stop and Search Scheme" (BUSSS) launched by the Home Secretary. Our participation in the scheme commenced on 30 November 2014. The aim of the scheme is to improve transparency in the use of stop and search powers, to improve trust and confidence in the police by:
ensuring that we provide a quality service
ensuring that we utilise intelligence to focus stop and search activity (both professionally and appropriately)
The scheme has led to a number of changes in Cleveland Police policy in relation to stop and search. The scheme provides an opportunity to members of the public to scrutinise officer’s training and our use of stop and search powers.
Since October 2022, we have been running bi-monthly stop and search scrutiny panels for adults and young people, to examine a selection of searches and to provide valuable independent feedback. These panels will be chaired by Chief Inspector Pete Littlewood, with support from the Review and Assurance team.
You can find the minutes and actions from the panel meetings below.