Transforming stop and search in Scotland


Dr Kath Murray

Professor Susan McVie

During the course of our research on crime and victimisation, the eight Scottish police forces were merged into one single force in April 2013. During its early phase, Police Scotland faced significant criticism over its use of stop and search which was found to be significantly higher than other comparative jurisdictions. During a very turbulent period in Scottish policing history, there was intense political and media debate about the use and scrutiny of police stop and search.

AQMeN became central to transforming the landscape of stop and search in Scotland through a combination of research, policy engagement and working collaboratively with practitioners, as described in this short report – Transforming Stop and Search in Scotland

Read about the impact of this research by Dr Kath Murray and Professor Susan McVie in this short impact case study – Transforming stop and search: transforming policy and practice and influencing cultural change


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