Lib Dems are entirely opposed to the uneven and unfair use of this power.
I believe that Kent Police should use this power responsibly and sparingly, reliably recording the ethnicity of the people over whom this power is exercised so it can be consistently monitored for fairness.
I would require the Kent Chief Constable to explain all patterns and outline steps that they will take if this power is being used unequally or too excessively.
"Police, at all times, should maintain a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence." Sir Robert Peel Ten Principles of Policing
The disproportionate use of Stop and Search creates a lack of trust of the police among some communities - especially black communities as you are far more likely to be stopped and searched if you are black than if you are white.
Also, it perpetuates the view the police service is still institutionally racist. If policing is going to be effective in every community - the problem needs to be addressed. Everyone needs to have faith that the police is acting in ways that benefit everyone in the public.
To those who say that Stop and Search is needed to prevent knife crime, I would say, I have not seen the evidence that proves that this is the case. Knife crime should be tackled through its causes - the best way to deal with a fire is to prevent it starting in the first place.