Police are now given more power to stop and search any suspects under a section 60 order, allowing them to search suspects without any "reasonable suspicion". The new change was backed by home secretary Sajid Javid, who argues that "the police are on the frontline in the battle against serious violence and it’s vital we give them the right tools to do their jobs." The new measures are in effect on Sunday in some selected areas which see a high rate of violent crime.

The new measures came under some criticism from people who argue that stop and search power unjustly targets black people and can create social division among ethnic groups. There have already been multiple reports of police abusing its stop and search power base on racial stereotypes. An official report by the HMIC shows that 1 in 7 stop and search cases does not follow the lawful procedure, revealing the police's failure to carry out searches justly. The new measures imposed by the home secretary raises concerns that it has little effects on tackling violent crimes and can cause potential racial discrimination.

Despite many previous efforts from the home secretary, violent crimes remain a significant problem across major cities in the UK. Four people were stabbed with two left in critical conditions on Sunday in London, and a 40-years-old driver was stabbed to death two days prior. The concerns with knife crimes have been overshadowed in the parliament by the chaos of Brexit, and not much was done to effectively tackle this issue. It's not clear whether the new measures can bring relief to the urgent situation, but long term effects are certainly not expected.