'What's worse: a policeman's hands in your pockets or a knife stuck in your belly?' says former Scotland Yard detective

Stop and search

Thursday, November 8, 2018

A former Scotland Yard detective has said stop and search is a "useful tool" in the fight against knife crime, but claimed "half" of new police recruits think it's "racist".

Mick Neville appeared on the breakfast show to discuss a recent spate of fatal stabbings in London.

Speaking to Julia Hartley-Brewer, the former detective said he was an advocate of stop and search, adding "What's worse: a policeman's hands in your pockets or a knife stuck in your belly?".



Mr Neville claimed the police force was recruiting the "wrong" people to carry out a stop and search, claiming "the racism thing" had resulted in "five dead black guys in six days".

"Stop and search is a useful tool. I worked in rough areas, Brixton, Clapham, places like that. And it takes some front to do a stop and search when you're on your own as an officer.


'They probably think stop and search is racist'

"To stand in front in someone and ask to check their pockets for a knife and drugs... you need the kind of person who's going to do that. Half of the people they recruit now, they probably think that stop and search is racist."

He added that the police were prioritising investigating "a row on Facebook" over crimes such as theft and burglary.

"Things like burglary, theft, they're seen as rather boring, then we have all these hate crimes. What would we rather investigate? Burglary because that's quite difficult, or investigate someone who's had a bit of a row on Facebook.

"We're told the police don't have enough resources but when there's a gay pride march or some virtue signalling to be done there's always a loads of officers ready for that and I think that's what frustrates people."