Find your local CopWatch group

Community Legal Observers on the streets with the Newham Monitoring Project in 2012 Local police monitoring groups are springing up around the country. To help them, we’re launching a new practical guide to setting up a local police monitoring group. Order your...

What does the law say about strip search?

Photo credit: HeardInLondon A strip search involves the police asking you to undress beyond removing outer clothing layers, like a coat, hat or gloves. The use of this tactic has been widely criticised for its intimidatory and abusive nature, and the recent case of...

What is a Gang? Racism and the ‘Gangs Matrix’

This is a cross post by Harry Stopes that first appeared on the London Review of Books blog. For more on Operation Shield see Campaign condemns London Mayor’s “gang” strategy as racist ‘collective punishment’ According to the Policing and Crime Act 2009, for violence...