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Best use of stop and search

The City of London Police implementation of ‘Stop and Search’ powers is compliant with the Government’s Best Use of Stop and Search scheme.

The best use of stop and search scheme was announced by the Home Secretary in a statement to Parliament on 30th April 2014.

The scheme introduces a number of measures designed to create greater transparency, accountability and community involvement in the use of stop and search powers.

While stop and search is undoubtedly an important police power, when it is misused it can be counter-productive. It can be an enormous waste of police time and, when innocent people are stopped and searched for no good reason, it is hugely damaging to the relationship between the police and public.

The voluntary scheme is designed to contribute to a significant reduction in the overall use of stop and search, deliver better and more intelligence-led stop and search, and improve the positive outcome ratio. It will also provide the public with further information on the outcome of searches.

By signing up to the scheme, City of London Police has committed to:

  • Increasing transparency by recording all outcomes of stop and search and whether there is a connection between the grounds for the search and the outcome
  • Restricting the use of Section 60 "no suspicion" powers. Already used only when necessary, under this scheme, the chief officer must make the decision whether to authorise the use of such powers. In cases where the chief officer anticipates serious violence, that officer must reasonably believe that violence "will" rather than "may" take place, as it stands now.
  • Giving members of the public the opportunity to observe stop and search in practice; and

  • Introducing a community complaints trigger.​ 

Download the Best use of Stop and Search Scheme​



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