Knowledge Exchange Network: disproportionality

The Police Foundation and Revolving Doors launched the Knowledge Exchange Network in 2020, bringing together police Inspectors and Chief Inspectors from across England and Wales to co-create new and better ways of policing young adults aged 18-25. This Network provides police with much needed peer-to-peer learning and support, recognising the wealth of knowledge and expertise among police officers. Inspectors and Chief Inspectors across police services in England and Wales will be able to share evidence and tackle difficult issues. The focus will be on upscaling evidence-based innovation and practices, and embedding it into mainstream policing.

This session looked at disproportionality in the criminal justice system. Young adults are disproportionately subject to police powers, most notably stop and search, and this is particularly the case for young Black men. The Network heard presentations on and discussed what is driving this, why current practice may be counter-productive and any local initiatives that have started to rectify it.