Tackling knife crime and reshaping police forces | Letters

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Corey Stoughton and Katrina Ffrench say stop-and-search cases and punitive measures will not solve society’s problems. Kim Thonger makes a case for national police teams

Any strategy to address violent crime (Javid backs police as chiefs seek £15m fund to tackle knife crime, 7 March) will be undermined by resorting to kneejerk, counterproductive and discriminatory tactics. The 1999 Macpherson report found that institutional racism was apparent in the countrywide disparity in stop-and-search figures and reached a core conclusion of racist stereotyping. Stop and search is still concentrated on BAME communities.

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