Police Scotland has responded to concerns after figures revealed a huge increase in the number of Borderers being stopped and searched.
The Scottish Police Authority figures show 2,373 Borderers were stopped and searched between April and December of last year – a 61 per cent increase on the same period in 2012.
Local MSP John Lamont wants Police Scotland to explain why there has been a large increase in such a short period of time.
“Stop and search is a useful tool for the police to use. However, it must be used sensibly, and these figures show Police Scotland have chosen to stop far more people in our region than in prior years,” said Mr Lamont.
“It is up to Police Scotland to explain this increase, and why they felt it was necessary. These searches take up valuable police time and, unless there are meaningful results, I struggle to see why they are necessary.”
Police Scotland assistant chief constable Wayne Mawson told us: “The use of stop and search, informed by intelligence and targeted in the right place at the right time at the right people and for the right reasons, is an essential part of the policing tactics we have at our disposal to help keep our communities safe.
“We will take all appropriate steps to ensure our officers are targeting their activities where it will detect weapons, drugs and alcohol, and deter people from carrying these in the future.”