London, July 9 (ANI): More than a quarter of police stop and searches are 'unlawful' and risk promoting 'major disorder' in the UK.
Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) examined 8,783 stop and searches in its first review of them.
According to the BBC, it found that in 27 percent of stop and searches, police failed to show they had reasonable grounds to carry out the search.
The government has launched a public consultation on stop and search powers.
Home Secretary Theresa May ordered the HMIC review in December 2011, after concern over police use of the powers in the wake of the riots that year.
HMIC said its findings did not necessarily mean the searches were unlawful, but it did suggest that the tactic was often used incorrectly, the report said.
The report revealed that police needed reasonable grounds to carry out search on a suspect, or they can be stopped on the basis of contextual information, such as a high number of burglaries in an area.
Only the so-called Section 60 searches, to prevent serious disorder on the streets, do not require officers to have reasonable grounds.
According to the report, only seven of the 43 forces in England and Wales recorded whether or not the item searched for was found. (ANI)