With knife crime continuing to impose serious problems in society, the Home Secretary is endeavouring to remove knives and other dangerous weapons off the streets.

Having considered many views expressed in response to a consultation launched by the Home Office in September 2020, the Government will be introducing Serious Violence Reduction Orders in the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill 2021.

The intent is to make it easier for officers to stop and search those convicted of knife crime.

Sukhdip Randhawa of Kangs Solicitors comments upon the problem generally.

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The Current Law | Kangs Serious Crime Defence Solicitors

At present, the police have powers to stop and search people for weapons in circumstances where they consider that they have ‘Reasonable Grounds’ for searching which effectively means that a person cannot be searched without good reason. 

A police officer must have genuine suspicion that an object being searched for will be in the possession of the person being searched based upon objective factors. 

Serious Violence Reduction Orders | Kangs Knife Crime Defence Team 

The Home Secretary has stated:

  • ‘Black and minority ethnic communities are disproportionately impacted, with data indicating that black individuals are more likely to be victims of serious violence and homicide.’
  • ‘While these families and communities are suffering, we have a moral duty to act.’
  • ‘We know the police see stop and search as a vital tool to crack down on violent crime, and we have already made it easier for forces to use existing powers. However, too many criminals who carry knives and weapons go on to offend time and again, and Serious Violence Reduction Orders aim to help end that cycle.’
  • ‘They will enable police to take a more proactive approach and better target those already convicted of certain knife or offensive weapons offences. They can also provide an important deterrent effect by increasing the risk of getting caught.’

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