LONDON, May 16 (Xinhua) – Britain’s Home Secretary Pritty Patel on Monday announced new measures that would increase police powers to stop “searching for people” to help fight stabbing and serious violence across the country.
In a letter to the British police force, Patel permanently lifted restrictions on the right to search for police officers in areas where serious violence is expected.
The British police recorded 6 million crimes in England and Wales in the year ending December 2021, according to a report released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) in April.
The index is 8% higher than the year ending in December 2020.
Meanwhile, the number of murders increased by 14%, reaching 691 crimes. The capital, London, has recorded the worst number of teenage murders – 30 – of stabbings.
As of March 2021, more than 150,000 arrests had been made in the two years since the raids were stopped, preventing thousands of fatal injuries, Patel said.
“This will give officers the full operational flexibility and confidence needed to use the tool to help rid the streets of dangerous weapons and save lives,” said the Interior Ministry, which is responsible for internal affairs.
Restrictions on when police officers can be stopped or searched have been in place since 2014.
“These restrictions” limited the time when officers could use their vital force and reduced their confidence in its deployment, “the interior ministry said.
The UK is expanding its police presence to fight rising crime
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