New ‘Stop and Search’ app: will it increase fairness in the procedure?

Aaron Sonson, Satwant Singh Kenth and Gregory Paczkowski have recently released the Stop and Search app that informs users of their rights once they are stopped and searched by the police. This free app has been available for Blackberry phones since April and the iPhone and Android versions are currently under way. The developers claim that the app will bring more fairness, accountability and transparency to the procedure. The app gives users the possibility to map, track and record any incident related to the Stop and Search power, and allows cross-referencing with the equivalent reports made by officers involved. The possibility to upload your experience along with the badge number of the officer can represent a way to give voice to all innocent people stopped and searched in the UK. This is particularly important because, as the Equality and Human Rights Commission has recently revealed, the Metropolitan Police carried out 288,000 Stop and Search procedures between 2008 and 2011, employing the original Section 60 of the 1994 Public Order Act in ways far wider than originally designed.



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