Front line police have long told the government that stop and search is a vital tool to crack down on violent crime; it acts as a deterrent and helps keep knives and weapons off our streets. These SVROs would give the police personalised powers to target those already convicted of certain knife offences – giving them the automatic right to search those who pose the greatest risk. These searches could take place without suspicion so that these known criminals could be stopped at any time. We are consulting on the design of SVROs and welcome views on how we can ensure these important tools are used appropriately.
This consultation from the Home Office runs from 14 September until 8 November 2020.