Stop and Search

MQT on 2014-09-17
Session date: 
September 17, 2014
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Given the Government's changes to stop and search powers that the police can enforce and in the light of the recent assaults, including a man being stabbed at the Notting Hill Carnival, how will the mayor ensure that the newly designed rules will be enforced both more fairly but at the same time increase the effectiveness of this particular crime prevention strategy?


Answer for Stop and Search

Answer for Stop and Search

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The Home Secretary's recent review of Stop and Search recognised that much of the good practice identified had already been implemented in London. This includes a more intelligence-led approach, with a focus on ensuring that at least 20% of all searches are for weapons.  This has led to a 43% reduction in the number of stops and searches, whilst also delivering an increase in the arrest rate to over 20% in July this year from a baseline of 8%.  The disproportionality ratio has also reduced, indicating the progress the police are making in ensuring the powers are used fairly.  

I will continue to hold the Commissioner to account for performance in this area through MOPAC's work with communities, and my Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime will also be holding a MOPAC challenge on Intrusive Tactics on 11 December 2014, including stop and search, later this year.