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 & search as a tactic 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 policing tactic. 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
Stop and Search Feedback
If you have been stopped and searched please complete our anonymous online Keysurvey and let us know if we are getting it right.
How we use stop and search
The MPS' approach to stop and search seeks to ensure that we use stop and search powers in a more focused way and that when we do, we are more likely to have a positive outcome
Waltham Forest Stop and Search Event
Find out more about community monitoring of stop and search