Stop and Search: An investigation into the Met's new approach to stop and search

3 February 2014

This Police and Crime Committee report welcomes the Met’s recent success in cutting the number of searches undertaken by a third while nearly doubling the arrest rate resulting from stops.

Our focus group research found that these changes were having a positive impact on the attitudes of some young people towards the police.
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But the report also found that the quality of searches remains too variable and record keeping is patchy with stops going unrecorded.

The Met’s leadership still has some way to go to convince every officer that the intelligence led and respectful use of stop and search is essential to the long-term effectiveness of policing. Its use has implications for every Londoner, as poor encounters affect the public’s willingness to talk to the police and cooperate with investigations.

View our slides setting out the findings and recommendations in the report.

 

The report recommendations seek to:

  • Secure public confidence in stop and search data by ensuring full and accurate recording and reporting of stop and search.
  • Ensure that the Met uses it powers according to the rules through better oversight of stop and search records.
  • Help people to understand their rights to empower them to challenge poor practice.
  • Support the Met’s efforts to increase the volume of feedback they receive about stop and search by improving public awareness of community monitoring groups.
  • Strengthen scrutiny of how the Met uses stop and search by clarifying MOPAC’s role in holding the Met to account.
  • Improve officers’ understanding of why the quality of stop and search matters by formally including young people in stop and search training.

Responses to the report from the Home Secretary and the Metropolitan police were recieved in April, see documents below.