John, a former police officer and member of the Scottish Parliament’s Police Committee, has welcomed Police Scotland’s plans to increase young peoples’ awareness of their rights under the law.
The Parliament’s Sub-Committee on Policing recently took evidence from Police Scotland on its approach to ‘local policing’, including stop and search.
Commenting John said:
“The committee heard from Police Scotland on its approach local policing and received reassurances regarding their apparent increased use of stop and search.
“During that evidence session, I commended the approach taken by Northern Constabulary in 2001 when it produced 20,000 copies of a booklet entitled “Check it out… know your rights” which set out for young people their rights when stopped by the police.
“I believe the success of policing in the Highlands and Islands was due to the level of public cooperation as well as positive engagement with young people playing its part.
“I am delighted that Police Scotland has responded so positively to my suggestion, having recognised the benefits of the Northern Constabulary approach and I welcome their plans to use social media and websites to increase awareness.
“I have contacted the Scottish Human Rights Commission, drawing their attention to this positive move. No-one, least of all Police Scotland, has anything to fear from individuals fully understand their rights, and obligations, under the law.”