The survey is being carried out by Release and StopWatch.

Release is the national centre of expertise on drugs and drugs law.

StopWatch is a coalition of legal experts, academics, citizens and civil liberties campaigners. We aim to address excess and disproportionate stop and search, promote best practice and ensure fair, effective policing for all.

This survey forms part of the research for a report into the disproportionate policing of black people for drug possession.

This survey is anonymous, we will incorporate what you tell us into our report and we will use it for campaigning purposes including publishing it online.

Here are some facts to place the survey in context.

Government figures show that black people are less likely to use drugs than white people.

Black people are 9 times more likely to be stopped and searched for drugs.

In London amongst children aged to 10 to 14, black children are over 14 times more likely to be stop and searched for drugs than white children.

Only 11% of searches are made for weapons whilst 49% are for drugs.

* Have you ever been stopped and searched?

* Has a family member ever been stopped and searched?

* Have you been searched for drugs?

* Do you have friends who have been stopped and searched?

* If you have been searched, did the police request you remove any of your clothing on the street, if they did what items did they ask you to remove?

* Have you ever been strip searched?

* If you have been strip searched where were you searched?

* If you have been stop and searched how would you describe the behaviour of the police?

* How good a job do you think the police do in your area?

* What area do you live in?

* Which three of the following do you think should be the highest priority for the police

* What impact does stop and search have on your view of the police?

Listed below are a series of statements that you might agree or disagree with. For each statement please indicate whether you strongly agree, agree, neither agree nor disagree, disagree or strongly disagree with it.

* Actions by the police that seem discriminatory, negatively affect young people’s perceptions of the police.

* Actions by the police that seem discriminatory, negatively affect young people’s perceptions of authority figures in education or at work.

* A young person ‘suspected’ of drug possession by the police might be tempted to use drugs as they already feel labelled as a drug user.

* The police use drugs as an excuse to stop and search black people.

* If you agreed or strongly agreed with the previous statement what do you think are the police’s real motivations for stopping and searching so many black people?

* How do you think parents feel about their children being stopped and searched by the police?

* Do you have anything else you would like to tell us about the impact of stop and search on you or your family?

* Could you tells us your gender?

* Could you tell us your ethnicity?

* Could you tell us your age?

* If you would like us to keep you informed of our campaigning work and/or would like us to send you a PDF of our report when it is published then please enter your email address here. Any email addresses provided will only be held by Release and will be treated as confidential information and subject to the conditions of the Data Protection Act 1998.

Please share this survey with friends and family so we can incorporate as many views opinions as possible into our report.
The anonymous information provided will be shared between Release, StopWatch, and the London School of Economics.

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