Stop and search 1

MQT on 2014-11-19
Session date: 
November 19, 2014
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


further to Question No: 2014/3786

Of the stops and searches carried out in Camden in each of the last three months, a) how many and what percentage resulted in an arrest due to a reaction on the part of the stopped person  to the stop and search itself; and b) how many and what percentage resulted in an arrest due to something suspicious  being found in the stopped person's possession?

your  response  being

"The data and recording method of stops and searches follows Home Office guidelines.  This does not allow for the identification of specific occasions when an arrest relates to the conduct of the person stopped, brought about by the search itself.

I can confirm that over the preceding three months, 96 per cent (230) of stop and search arrests in Camden related to the possession of the following articles: weapons, drugs, stolen property, or articles concerned in theft or criminal damage."

Would it not be a good idea to record how often the arrest was due to the stop itself, and not due to anything found on the person searched; and how many stops did not result in any arrest?


Answer for Stop and search 1

Answer for Stop and search 1

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The data placed in the public domain every month identifies the reason for arrest following stop and search, and where this reason differs from the reason for the search.  

The number of arrests for reasons other than being in possession of items that are illegal, or connected to theft or criminal damage, is very small.   Futher, stop and search forms undergo closer monitoring by supervising officers, and local stop and search community monitoring groups conduct dip sampling of the forms.  In my view these processes provide an adequate safeguard but I keep this matter under constant review.