Stop and Search

MPS Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe has set a clear vision for stop and search: to achieve the highest level of trust and confidence in the police’s use of stop and search as a means for tackling crime and keeping our streets safe. As a consequence, the use of stop and search in London will become significantly more effective and targeted, leading to better outcomes. It will be conducted with dignity and respect, and be used primarily to protect our communities from violent and key crimes.

Commander Adrian Hanstock oversees stop and search for the MPS, he acknowledges that stop and search is an important police power. Commander Hanstock said, "The use of stop and search is a powerful tool to combat violence and weapons. We know that the wider community support stop and search as long as it is carried out professionally and fairly, and that officers are accountable for their actions."

Let us know what you think, give your feedback and work with us to ensure that we continue to use the powers to the satisfaction of Londoners to create safety on our streets.

Your Rights & Responsibilities

Frequently Asked Questions

Community engagement

Stop and Search Feedback

How we use stop and search

Asking individuals to account for their presence or behaviour is an important part of everyday policing. Stop and search is an additional and legitimate power that is used by the MPS to protect Londoners, tackle crime and keep our streets safe.

Waltham Forest Stop and Search Event

Community Monitoring

Find out more about community monitoring of stop and search