Stop and Search is a topic that is under constant scrutiny and public review. The "Stop and Search UK app" hopes to bring transparency and fairness to the stop and search procedure. The app 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.
Short Overview of the App
The app allows the user 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 a medium that for the average person is easily accessible at all times - a mobile phone.
The app is divided into 3 key 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.
What's the point of Know Your Rights?:
- The aim of the Know Your Rights section is to add clarity to the stop and search procedure. It also aims to alleviate the feelings of confusion and frustration innocent people can feel if they are stopped and searched and do not know their rights.
- Typically know your rights information presented on conventional websites is difficult to process and leaves people feeling disengaged. The Stop and Search apps Know Your Rights section displays this information in an easy to understand and digestible format.
2) Upload & 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.
Checklist (*optional and part of Uploading experience)
Takes the user through the stop & search procedure step by step in the form of yes or no questions such as, did the officer tell you their name? Were you offered a stop and search slip? This will further allow the user to know if the officer is carrying out the procedure correctly.
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.
Key aspects to note
About the Creators
Aaron, Satwant and Greg first started working together as a group on the Apps for Good project which was piloted in South London at the High Trees Development Trust in 2010. The course was all about solving social problems young people were passionate about with mobile apps. Out of 21 possible problems the group wanted to solve, stop and search was the one that they were most passionate about and seemed the best fit for the mobile app realm. They believe the Stop & Search App has the potential to bring more fairness, accountability and transparency to the Stop and Search procedure and be the voice of all innocent people stopped and searched in the UK.
You can contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org
Website coming soon with data www.stopandsearch.org
Learn about how we first started: http://appsforgood.org/apps/stop-and-search/
Stop and Search UK App - Making Stop and Searches fair and transparent.