Stop and Search

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 9th February 2022.

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Photo of Emma Best Emma Best Conservative

Are you concerned that since 2016 the amount of stop & searches leading to finding a weapon has decreased by 26.92%?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

The MPS dashboard, which tracks monthly data on the yearly number of arrests for weapons following a stop and search, shows this has actually increased. In 2016 there were 3,200 arrests from weapons when compared with 4,237 in 2021 which shows a 32.4% increase.

I have been clear that I support intelligence lead stop and search and am working closely with the Commissioner to ensure officers are conducting searches professionally and proportionately. But I am not complacent, and my Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime scrutinises this data and raises any concerns with senior Met Police officers. In addition, my Office for Policing and Crime and the Metropolitan Police Service are working on improving the level of accountability and scrutiny for all officers through increased community scrutiny, enhanced training and body worn video supervision.