Author: Kath Murray

Policing by numbers

In another of her posts on policing, Kath Murray comments on police officer statistics. Source: Scottish Government, 2015 (* Note the condensed y-axis.) Recently, the Sunday Herald published an article on police officers numbers in Scotland. This suggested that the number

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Policing, postcodes and poverty: stop and search and class

Kath Murray is an SCCJR research associate at the University of Edinburgh. For over three decades, public and political debate on the use of stop and search ‘has been inescapably linked to “race”’. In Scotland however, a different narrative has emerged in the

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Calling time on stop and search? The case against alcohol powers

Kath Murray is an SCCJR research associate at the University of Edinburgh. After a barrage of negative headlines, political spats and recording cock-ups, the ability of police officers in Scotland to stop and search people without legal authority or reasonable

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Stop and search in Scotland: legality and accountability

Kath Murray is an SCCJR research associate at the University of Edinburgh. Stop and search hit the headlines over a year ago, and the controversy shows little sign of abating. Following the recent revelations by the BBC that officers are

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Stop and search in Scotland: the SPA scrutiny review and Police Scotland’s response

In May 2014, against a backdrop of media and political attention, the Scottish Police Authority published its Scrutiny Review on stop and search. The Review raised several key questions: Does stop and search work? What constitutes a successful outcome? And

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Call for police stop and search legislation

There’s been a surge of interest in stop and search on both sides of the border in recent weeks, as the Home Secretary and the Scottish Police Authority presented their respective conclusions on the use of this controversial power. Both

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