Stop and search evaluation (2)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 5th June 2019.

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Photo of Siân Berry Siân Berry Green

In your answer to my question 2019/4134 you told me about the Youth Voice Survey, which I was aware of, but gave no details of any other methods of formal evaluation. Could you outline what methods are used to evaluate stop and search, for example whether police officers are interviewed or surveyed about the procedures they are following and the kinds of interactions they are having with members of the public during stop and search, and whether samples of body worn video captured during stop and search encounters are used to review and evaluate the positive or negative effects on members of the public who are stopped and searched without result. Will any formal evaluation of this kind be published, and if so when?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

It would be impractical to do more in the way of formal evaluation of the nature you describe, which would require a significant data gathering exercise from police officers and from members of the public post-search. Reviewing the effects of stop and search encounters through body worn video would be challenging as if nothing is found officers cease recording once the stop and search is completed; this doesn’t make a review of the effect on the person possible.

My Office for Policing and Crime have been gathering more qualitative data through engagement sessions with young people with a session at the start of May attracting more than 50 young participants. More sessions like this will take place throughout the year in order to better understand the experiences of those most affected by stop and to consider those experiences could be improved.