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Stop and Search: Greater London

Volume 478: debated on Monday 23 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been stopped and searched by police in each London borough in each of the last five years, broken down by (a) age and (b) ethnic background. (210338)

Data on stops and searches are collected by police force area. People stopped and searched are not required to provide their age or date of birth. Therefore information is not available on break down by age.

Information on the number of stop and searches by ethnicity in the Metropolitan Police and City of London Police areas for 2006-07 will be published in July 2008. The following tables provide statistics for the reporting years 2001-02 to 2005-06.

Metropolitan Police: ‘Stop and search' by ethnicity, 2001-02 to 2005-06

Number

Ethnic appearance of person searched

White

Black

Asian

Other

Not known/recorded

Total

2001-02

102,250

67,894

25,264

3,801

4,124

203,333

2002-03

142,514

93,783

35,849

6,317

6,172

284,635

2003-04

124,974

84,952

29,988

6,326

1,025

247,265

2004-05

125,469

88,975

30,180

7,380

1,919

253,923

2005-06

147,995

107,175

39,382

10,338

4,127

309,017

City of London Police: ‘Stop and search' by ethnicity, 2001-02 to 2005-06

Number

Ethnic appearance of person searched

White

Black

Asian

Other

Not known/recorded

Total

2001-02

2,075

846

559

186

78

3,744

2002-03

5,859

1,526

1,262

622

0

9,269

2003-04

7,624

1,756

1,422

430

1,242

12,474

2004-05

8,727

1,869

1,544

445

1,295

13,880

2005-06

9,085

2,358

2,593

327

64

14,427

Note: Police officers have the power to stop and search individuals under a range of legislation, including section 1 of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE) as well as section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 and section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000. Section 44 information was not collected until 2002-03. Source and quality: These figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems. Care is taken when processing and analysing the returns, but the detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system, and so although shown to the last individual, the figures may not be accurate to that level.