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Community Safety & Environment,
4th Floor, The Woolwich Centre,
35 Wellington Street, Woolwich,
London SE18 6HQ
Telephone: 020 8921 8388
30 April 2012
The Stop and Search App is now available on BlackBerry
Stop and Search is a topic that is under constant scrutiny and public review. One of the roles of the GCEB is to oversee the role of the Stop and Search Scrutiny for the Royal Borough of Greenwich.
The “Stop and Search UK BlackBerry app” hopes to bring transparency and fairness to the stop and search procedure. It tries to address the situation in a positive way and was created by three young males from inner London who have all experienced being stopped and searched several times, Aaron Sonson, Satwant Singh Kenth and Gregory Paczkowski. The app was originally released in 2010 on the Android platform and is 100% independent. No personal data is obtained from the user. Each upload is anonymous.
What the app does
The app allows people to view what their rights are in a stop and search situation and give feedback on their encounters with the police quickly and easily using their mobile phone.
The app is divided into three features:
1 - Know your rights
Shows why you may have been stopped and searched, what the correct procedure is and what your rights are in a stop and search situation.
Designed in an interactive comic book format to make it easy to read and attractive on the eye.
2 - Upload and rate your experience
Upload how you were treated by the officer you were stopped and searched by using a set criterion of questions such as: How much respect do you feel you were shown? And how cooperative do you feel you were? Your age, sex and ethnicity.
Upload your experience along with the badge/shoulder number of the officer you were stopped and searched by and the number of the stop and search slip.
Add any additional comments relevant to the stop and search.
You can manually input where the stop and search happened or automatically (using GPS) tag that the stop occurred at your current location.
3 - View local stops
View where other people in your community have been stopped and searched and see how they rated their experiences on a map.