The Stop and Search Legal Project (SSLP) are seeking a freelance, enthusiastic and resourceful individual who is capable of running the day to day business of SSLP independently.
Fifty lawyers, students and activists attended SSLP's first summer social to hear what we've been up to over the last year and how to get involved in the future as SSLP looks to widen its reach in helping young people better deal with stop-and-search.
In a rare example of the 'system' working, an officer has been sent to prison for assaulting a member of the public during a stop and search. SSLP hopes this is a reflection of those responsible for investigating and prosecuting police misconduct taking complaints more seriously.
SSLP largely welcomes the new police Code of Conduct that seeks to reduce and improve stop and search, but points out the code is merely a stepping stone to the stop-and-search we want to see.
Ever wondered what it's like to be a solicitor attending police stations to help those who've been arrested, or to stand up in court to defend a client, or what goes into preparing a case?
Well SSLP are offering three people the chance to find out with a week long placement accompanying our own solicitors and barristers this autumn.
SSLP trustee and action against the police solicitor Sophie Khan reports that the legal profession needs to change its recruitment policies to improve diversity and tap into the wealth of legal talent amongst ethnic minorities.
The Metropolitan Police are implmenting a similar idea from August (tomorrow) after SSLP proposed the idea last autumn.
The Metropolitan Police has announced a London-only recruitment policy aimed at increasing diversity and employing officers that are more understanding of the communities they serve.
SSLP highlighted the issue when it gave evidence to the London Assembly's Stop and Search Working Group last year.
Guardian journalist Ben Quinn reports from one of our workshops highlighting the need for more young people to know their rights over stop-and-search and for the government to act on overwhelming evidence that the police should cut down on the number of stops they make and for officers who misuse the tactic to be held to account.
Last year Theresa May said she would report back to Parliamant in the autumn following a comprehensive consultation into the misuse and reform of stop-and-search. Two seasons later the home office's consultation website states 'we are analysing your feedback. Visit this page again soon..'
However last month it was reported Cameron has ditched any plans for reform, along with the response, over fears of being seen as soft on crime. Today, Labour's shadow home secretary called for her counterpart to publish the response and push on with essential reforms.
Nearly half of the Metropolitan Police force's 30,000 officers live outside of the city the independent blogsite Mayorwatch has reported.
SSLP lawyers appearing before the London Assembly's Stop and Search Working Group in September have called for stop-and-search to be informed by intelligence rather than prejudice to help tackle the damage being done by the current use of the controversial tactic.
Cecilia Goodwin, of SSLP, told the Huffington Post 'police have a very long way to go before they regain the trust of black and ethnic minority communities' following the HMIC's report into stop-and-search that highlighted the disproportionate number of black people being targeted. The document also revealed that around a quarter of all stop-and-searches are unlawful.
The Home Secretary's decision to consult on the use and misuse of stop-and-search is a welcome move, but a true assessment of the controversial tactic cannot begin until an assessment is made of the statistics themselves.
Students from Petchey Academy donned gowns and wigs as they passed judgment on the use of stop-and-search during a workshop on the controversial tactic.
SSLP's Stop-and-search:Know Your Rights programme got under way in November 2012 at youth-action fair Envision in Westminster with 20 energetic teenagers participating in what proved to be a fun, informative and engaging workshop.
Despite the Metropolitan Police Commissioner announcing a new approach to stop-and-search in January after a report linked its aggressive and repeated misuse to the riots last year, thousands of innocent people are still being detained every week prompting concerns that the foundations are being laid for further unrest.