Stop and Search

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 22nd July 2019.

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Photo of Peter Whittle Peter Whittle Brexit Alliance

Given the dramatic increase in the Metropolitan Police’s use of stop and search over the last year, has this slowed down or reversed the number of knife crimes occurring in the Metropolitan Police District?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

The MPS has seen an increase in intelligence-led Stop and Search in response to significant increases in serious violent crime.

The effectiveness of stop and search is not only about what illegal items were found, but also about whether any incidents or further violence took place, whether individuals were discouraged from carrying weapons or entering the area and how safe the community felt.

During quarter four of 2018/19, gun crime has decreased by - 6.8 per cent compared to quarter four of last year. During the same period, overall knife crime remained stable compared to the previous year. In addition, the same quarter saw an 11.6 per cent reduction in knife crime with injury (victims aged under 25), when compared to the same quarter in the previous year which equated to 60 fewer victims.

The Deputy Commissioner informed the Police and Crime Committee that due to the use of stop and search, we are seeing a greater awareness among people who might be likely to carry knives, that they might be stopped and searched and therefore, it is hoped that they would leave the knife at home and stop carrying knives.