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Stop and Search Scrutiny

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 19th March 2020.

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Photo of Caroline Pidgeon Caroline Pidgeon Liberal Democrat

You mention in your answer to question no: 2019/20178 that you “regularly scrutinise stop and search performance with the Commissioner to ensure officers conduct ethical and proportionate searches.” Please provide more detail on how you undertake this monitoring with the Commissioner? What concerns have you raised?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

Stop and search is a vitally important issue, one that cuts across public safety and civil liberties, and it is absolutely right that it remains under scrutiny. Both I and my Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime have regular discussions with the Commissioner about stop and search in relation to disproportionality, the use of section 60 powers, body worn video and complaints. These matters are also reviewed at the quarterly Oversight Board meetings.

These discussions are informed by monthly stop and search data collated by MOPAC’s Evidence and Insight Team and by matters escalated through the Community Monitoring Network (CMN).

A specific example would be Community Monitoring Groups’ (CMGs) access to Body Worn Video (BWV). As a result of these discussions, the MPS has convened a working group, which includes three elected CMG chairs, and is proactively working to resolve the issue.