When Bernard Hogan-Howe took over as Met Commissioner two years ago he promised to reform the way officers used Stop & Search powers and reduce the 80% of stops which resulted in no action. At the time Sir Bernard said future use of the powers would be more intelligence led so that fewer innocent members […]
The London Assembly Police and Crime Committee has launched a new investigation into the Metropolitan Police’s use of stop and search powers. The investigation is the latest scrutiny of stop and search, earlier this month Home Secretary Theresa May announced she was also reviewing the procedure in light of statistics showing that just 9% of […]
Lots of welcoming this week for Home Secretary Theresa May’s decision to review the police’s use of Stop and Search powers. May rightly says that the power to see what people are up to is “a vital police tool” but, echoing words of the London Assembly and now-defunct Metropolitan Police Authority and London Assembly, warns […]
After last week’s look at London’s gang culture, the London Assembly’s Police and Crime Committee spent Thursday afternoon questioning Deputy Mayor for Policing Kit Malthouse and Met Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe. I’m in favour of the concept of elected Police and Crime Commissioners and welcome any move to give the Mayor more control London’s essential […]
All Metropolitan Police officers and PCSOs have been reminded that members of the public are legally entitled to take pictures in public and of public buildings and areas and should not be stopped and searched unless there is a valid reason.