Stop and search (1)

MQT on 2008-07-16
Session date: 
July 16, 2008
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Government statistics for 2005/06 show that over half of stop and searches under Section 1 of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 in London are of people of Black, Asian or other ethnic appearance, despite them representing only around 32% of the capital's population, and being less than 1% more likely to be arrested as a result of a stop and search. If the requirement on police to complete detailed stop and search or account forms were removed, how would you expect the Metropolitan Police Service to monitor and account for stop and search practices?


Answer for Stop and search (1)

Answer for Stop and search (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I believe that stop & search is a key tool to support the detection of crime. It remains important to have a clear sense of how that tool is being used. However, the administrative burden associated with lengthy stop and search form filling on police officers is unacceptable. A balance needs to be struck between effectiveness and accountability and I believe that it is entirely possible to support community confidence and trust in the police through keeping sufficient monitoring information and still achieve effective operational policing. Improved forms are helping reduce the time required to fill them. New and emerging technology should be utilised to further reduce bureaucracy whilst still ensuring a sufficient level of monitoring.