Stop and search remains a hugely important police power for protecting the public, tackling crime and keeping our streets safe.
It is important that our use of stop and search is monitored independently to ensure correct and proportionate usage.
There are two independent Stop and Search scrutiny panels in the force area, made up of learners from Boston and Lincoln Colleges. The panels meet six times a year and randomly select stop and search encounters to review. They look at both the paperwork and the officer's Body Worn Videos footage, provide feedback and challenge any issues appropriately.
The panels' feedback is recorded and available both internally and externally for bodies such as Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) to ensure organisational accountability and transparency is maintained.
Best Use of Stop Search Scheme (BUSSS)
BUSSS is a Government scheme, which we comply with, to address issues of fairness and legitimacy.