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Short Update: Stop-and-search in London rose by 40% during lockdown

FT Admin - August 26, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Extended police powers

Recent figures released by the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime show that stop-and-searches in London rose by 40% during the COVID-19 lockdown. Between April and June 2020, there were over 100,000 stops - the equivalent of over 1,100 per day.  But only one in five stops led to an arrest, fine or caution - a lower proportion than pre-lockdown rates.

Scotland Yard explained the increase by saying that more that the decline in crime during lockdown meant more police officers had been on the frontline and able to target drug dealers and violent gangs. The statistics have prompted renewed concerns that stops are being carried out based on officers’ pre-existing biases rather than on genuine suspicion of criminality.  

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