Stop and Search

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-09-17
Session date: 
September 17, 2014
Reference: 
2014/3438
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Stop and search is still discriminatory to the BME youth. What are you doing to stop black youth being disproportionately affected by the current stop and search polices?

Answer

Answer for Stop and Search

Answer for Stop and Search

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I refer you to my response to question 3426. Understanding and tackling disproportionality is important for building trust and confidence, and recent MPS practice in ensuring stop and search is intelligence led is an important element of this. This has resulted in a reduction in the disproportionality of stops and searches conducted against black and Asian Londoners compared to white. A development both I and the Commissioner want to see maintained.

MOPAC also ensures that the community has the opportunity to address disproportionate or discriminatory use of stop and search powers, or any other stop and search issues such as complaint data, by supporting the work of the borough community monitoring groups (CMGs).  Those groups examine the stop and search data in their boroughs and raise their concerns directly in face to face meetings with the police.

As you will be aware, we are carrying out a control trial on the use body worn cameras across 10 boroughs. The cameras will routinely collect evidence in incidents such as domestic abuse and public order, but also for potentially contentious interactions such as stop and search.