Our Activities

Our activities explore both particular and broader aspects on the practice of police stops, including:

Practicing Police Stops is concerned to understand what powers the police have and how they use them. This will include the analysis of what data is available, but we are also interested in how officers are trained and what they say about the use of the powers (WG1)

Experiencing Police Stops will seek to gather what is known about the experience of being stopped by the police. We will gather what is known about who is stopped (young men, visible minorities, homeless persons etc.) and what evidence there is, from research, from legal cases and elsewhere, of their experience of being stopped (WG2)

Governing Police Stops will then establish the ways in which the use of powers are subject to challenge and to oversight, whether by complaints systems, the courts or independent inspectors. We will also be interested in civil society organisations that might represent individuals and communities (WG3)

Contextualising Police Stops is concerned to understand the historical, legal, political and social aspects of police stops. Why does the power emerge and gain prominence at particular points in time? What is the role of politics in legitimising the use of the power in response to, for example, concerns about terrorism, knife crime or migration (WG4)

Comparing Police Stops has a coordinating brief to support the work of the other four groups and to avoid duplication of effort. (WG5)