Stop and Search: New film helps young people understand their rights in Nottinghamshire

A youth group set up to examine crime in Nottinghamshire has unveiled a unique new film promoting the rights of youngsters being stopped and searched by police.

The film is the result of a positive collaboration between young people and the police and looks at the issue ‘from both points of view’.

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Nottinghamshire’s Youth Commission, a project funded by Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping in conjunction with social enterprise firm Leaders Unlocked, screened a special preview of the ‘Know Your Rights’ film on Saturday 23 September to an audience of community group leaders, police officers and charity workers.

The film, which will be screened at schools, colleges, community groups and on social media networks in the months ahead, follows the outcome of the Commission’s Big Conversation project which surveyed 1,000 youngsters across the county to unearth the policing issues that concern them.

Among the top findings of the work was a lack of understanding among young people about Stop and Search police tactics and the rights of those subjected to them.

The Commission concluded more effort was needed to educate people on their rights, especially in deprived and high-crime areas, and where to go to make a complaint if necessary to increase accountability.

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“It’s vital we build trust in policing among the younger generation and traditionally Stop and Search is a very sensitive subject,” explained Mr Tipping.

“This film is unique in that it is the only one out there looking at these complex issues from both the young people’s and the police perspective.

“It addresses some of the confusion around Stop and Search, giving young people the knowledge they need to protect their rights. It’s important that we police by consent and this film also provides greater awareness of the issues faced by, and responsibilities of, police officers in their use of Stop and Search.

“Importantly, members of our Youth Commission will be supporting the roll-out of this film and answering questions through workshops to get the discussion going.”

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Nottinghamshire’s Youth Commission comprises 25 young people from a broad range of backgrounds who meet regularly to develop strategies to address community safety issues such as re-offending and help strengthen links between police and the younger generation.

During Saturday’s launch at the Broadway Cinema in Nottingham, members of the panel will answer questions from guests about the project and what they hope to achieve.

The PCC will also deliver a short presentation on his involvement with the Commission as well as Supt Paul Burrows, from Nottinghamshire Police.

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