Stop and search

Meeting: 
MQT on 2016-11-16
Session date: 
November 16, 2016
Reference: 
2016/4410
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

According to the Home Office, black people are six times more likely than whites to be stopped and searched by police. What are the figures for the Met.?

Answer

Answer for Stop and search

Answer for Stop and search

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The figure quoted is a national figure.  In London that figure is much lower.

The MPS and MOPAC publish a more comprehensive set of data than any other police service areas. The monthly MPS online Stop and Search Monitoring Mechanism includes the number of stops per 1000 people by ethnic group, expressed as a ratio.  The latest figures available show that in the year to August 2016 Black people were just over three times more likely to be searched than white people.

There is important context around these figures.  Population levels are based on the 2011 census, and do not take into consideration mobile populations linked to the location of schools, colleges and night-time economies.

Stop and search data can be viewed on the MOPAC Intrusive Tactics dashboard at:

https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/mayors-office-policing-and-crime-mopac/data-and-research/policing/intrusive-tactics