The number of stop and searches undertaken in Enfield have dropped by 10,000 a Freedom of Information request has revealed. 

North London Newspapers report:

THERE has been a dramatic reduction in police stop and searches in Enfield – but community activists say the powers continue to be used wrongly.

Data obtained under the Freedom of Information Act reveals that the total number of stop and searches in the borough dropped from 19,875 in 2010 to 17,319 in 2011. In 2012, the figure was down to 9,801 – a 44 per cent drop on 2011.

Officers have a range of powers at their disposal to stop and search individuals, including suspicion of a drugs offence, carrying a weapon, impending violence and terrorism.

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I am a journalist and author. I am a staff writer at the UK edition of WIRED magazine and in 2015 my book, Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. I created FOI Directory in 2012.