Stop and Search

MQT on 2008-02-20
Session date: 
February 20, 2008
Question By: 
Bob Blackman
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What is your view on the bureaucratic nightmare created by the Government forcing police officers to have to complete a foot long form each time that they routinely stop and individual in the street? Would you agree that this is a waste of police time and resources?


Answer for Stop and Search

Answer for Stop and Search

Answered By: 
The Mayor

As stated in my earlier response to Jenny Jones, I support the need to streamline police bureaucracy in relation to stop and account, however, I am sure you recognise the introduction of monitoring mechanisms resulted from the accepted failings of racism within the police as illuminated by the handling of the murder of Stephen Lawrence in 1993. Without community confidence and trust, policing activity becomes less effective. Monitoring is needed to demonstrate effectiveness and fairness in order to achieve confidence and trust from the community.

In 1999, recommendation 61 of the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry report proposed the need for the recording and monitoring of routine stops and the stop and account system was therefore rolled out in London in 2004. It is interesting to note the proportion of black people in London that were satisfied with local policing rose by 12 percentage points from 44% in 2003, just before the monitoring system was rolled out, to 56% last year, achieving a good level of community satisfaction and trust. It is crucial to the effectiveness of policing.