To better understand the practice, we have established a European network, funded through EU COST, which brings together the different and contrasting perspectives of those who conduct stops, those who experience them and, finally, those who are involved in oversight and accountability.

Working Groups

Working Group 1

Understanding the Practice of Police Stops in Europe

WG1 will develop a research protocol, identifying the information to be sought about each European state in order to establish a baseline. This will include information about the legal powers and guidance issued to police officers, official statistics about the use of those powers and academic and other analysis of the way in which the powers are used. WG1 will then undertake analysis of the information gleaned and of the gaps in knowledge.

Working Group 2

Understanding Experiencing of Police Stops in Europe

Understanding Experiencing of Police Stops in Europe Description WG2 will develop a research protocol, identifying the information to be sought about each European state in order to establish a baseline. This information will include information from civil society organisations and lawyers representing citizens experiencing Police Stops, academic research into experiences and journalistic sources. WG2 will […]

Working Group 3

Understanding the Governance of Police Stops in Europe

Understanding the Governance of Police Stops in Europe Description WG3 will develop a research protocol, identifying the information to be sought about each European state in order to establish a baseline. This information will develop upon the information already being gathered by WGs 1 and 2 and will include legal and other frameworks and information […]

Working Group 4

Contextualising Police Stops in Europe

Contextualising Police Stops in Europe Description WG4 will be concerned to understand the legal, social and political context in which Police Stops have emerged in different European states. WG4 will undertake an extensive literature review to identify the different legal bases for Police Stops, the rationale for their use and the contexts in which those […]

Working Group 5

Applying comparative mixed methods methodology in Police Stops Research

Applying comparative mixed methods methodology in Police Stops Research Description Different working groups will use existing quantitative and qualitative data sources and research outputs. This involves several methodological challenges. Firstly, WG5 will make the data available and accessible by integrating the existing data into one comparable dataset. Secondly, this integrated dataset has to contain similar […]

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