Could it be that that Right Wing hate-figure, Ms Chakrabarti, was right? Gee, who'd ha' thunk trampling the law of the land just 'coz you don't like the target could ever turn out to be a bad thing?...
We are all property of the Government, so they have a right to know everything about us. How can we be trusted not to become terrorists or pedos if they don't have a database of our biological data, the phone calls we make, the websites we visit, the friends we have on Facebook, the location of our cars and thousands of CCTV images per day?
But there are no targets for stop and search. The main targets are detection rates, crime rates, response times.
No-ones ever told me "Gull I want X amount of stop searches from you this week".
But then again, I don't work for the Met, it may be different there, but I've got loads of mates who do and they've never mentioned anything like this.
Sect 44 is a blunt tool to warn off potential terrorist undertaking hostile recon or an actual operation. In a city as big as London, with numerous high profile target sites, and with large amounts of persons vistingsaid sites it's inevitable that there'll be huge amounts of stops.
I can see the point you're making but I strongly disagree. We could basically stop all crime with modern technology, but that doesn't mean it's a good idea.
All we would have to do is strip people of their basic liberties - track their every movement, lock up those likely to commit crime, introduce curfews to keep people off the streets after 8pm and so on. It's a slippery slope to a totalitarian police state.
I'm on shift tonight and forgot about pouncing on inocent children to suck out their DNA. Skateboard parks I find are the best places to target. Baseball cap on at an improper angle....you're coming in my son!
Anyway good to see at least anti-Police thread going on arrse at any one time
I really can't see what the fuss is all about. Adult Instructors have been arresting (read 'detaining') children for years just to collect their DNA, although how they can get a readable, accurate recording of it after it's been lying in the AI's stomach is above my pay scale.