Stop & Search

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-06-17
Session date: 
June 17, 2015
Reference: 
2015/1660
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Due to the recent increase in knife crime across London are the MPS considering a new approach to their Stop & Search procedures, if so, how?

Answer

Answer for Stop & Search

Answer for Stop & Search

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I take knife crime extremely seriously. Overall, at the end of the last financial year, knife crime was at its lowest level in 7 years with 4, 300 fewer offences in 2014-15 than in 2007-8. Knife crime related deaths have fallen by around a third since 2008. And, since the launch of the Met's Trident Gangs Command in 2012 knife crime is down by 30 per cent, however we are not complacent.

Stop and search is activity is an intelligence led tactic and its use will be directed, through intelligence led briefings and operations, to specifically address the recent increase in knife crime, but it is not a stand-alone solution.  A range of tactical options and preventative measures will also be employed, aimed at achieving a reduction to all knife enabled crime.

Stop and search is an important police power for combating crime and keeping our streets safe. Last year 32, 838 arrests were made as a result of stop and search (equivalent to almost 1 in 5 of all arrests made by the MPS), and 3,122 of these were for weapons.

The MPS will maintain an intense focus on preventing and tackling crimes of violence and will keep the use of stop and search under constant review to ensure it continues to be effective.