Policing – UK Government assessment

Progress assessment


There has been a sustained or severe regression in the enjoyment of human rights, or a significant reduction in human rights standards or protections in law or policy

Policing in England and Wales has contributed to a regression in human rights protection for certain groups. Though there is a need to prevent and respond to crime, the use of force has increased, new technologies in policing pose risks, and the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill could lead to disproportionate interferences with human rights. People from certain ethnic minority groups remain more likely to come into contact with the criminal justice system for a range of reasons, including disproportionate levels of policing, and evidence shows an increase in the relative use of stop and search powers against Black people compared with White people. Some groups sharing protected characteristics report limited confidence in the police.

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The assessment was made based on the evidence available up to 12/07/2021