Commission responds to Metropolitan Police plan to reduce the number of random stop and searches

12 January 2012

In response to a Met Police plan to reduce the number of random stop and searches it carries out under s60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, John Wadham, Group Legal Director, Equality and Human Rights Commission said:

We welcome the new Metropolitan Police Commissioner's statement. We are pleased the force intends to change its practices, so that fewer people are stopped without good reason – breaching their human rights. We will continue to work with the Met Police to make sure it deals with all the issues we've raised about its use of stop and search, and will check that these changes lead to a reduction in the disproportionate stopping and searching of ethnic minorities.


Notes to editors


  • May 2010: EHRC warns Met Police over its disproportional use of Police and Criminal Evidence Act (PACE) stop and search. It embarks on the National Police Improvement Agency’s ‘Next Steps’ programme, designed to help overcome any potential discriminatory stop and search actions.
  • Nov 2010: EHRC says it still has concerns about the Met Police’s use of PACE stop and search and will monitor the situation.
  • 25 Oct 2011 : EHRC wrote to the Met Police requesting data on their use of s.60 stop and search for the past four years.
  • 13 Dec 2011: EHRC wrote to the Met Police threatening legal action if it did not discontinue the unlawful use of s.60.
  • 23 Jan 2012: Deadline for the Met Police response to both the Freedom of Information request and its response to legal action.

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