Stop and Search

MQT on 2010-06-09
Session date: 
June 9, 2010
Question By: 
Richard Barnbrook
British National Party
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Black people in London are four times more likely to be stopped and searched by the Police than their white and Asian counterparts. Why do you think this is and do you think the Police have good reason for their actions and therefore this statistic cannot be attributed to 'racism' within the Metropolitan Police?


Answer for Stop and Search

Answer for Stop and Search

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

Answer provided on 1 July 2010:

I strongly believe that the use of stop and search to tackle violent and serious crime is crucial to the safety of our capital. However, in order to achieve community support for this tactic the police have to ensure that it is based on intelligence and is used with respect and courtesy. Crime does not fall evenly across the capital and some areas have greater levels of some types of crime than others; which is reflected in stop and search activity.