The Metropolitan Police has introduced “refined tactics” in the use of Section 44 stop and search powers under the Terrorism Act 2000. The changes, which came into force yesterday, mean the powers can only be used at pre-identified significant locations.
The move comes as the force responds to growing concern over the use of stop and search powers and follows the publication of advice for both amateur and professional photographers taking photographs within the capital.
Commander Simon Bray, from Territorial Policing, said: “Stop and search under the Terrorism Act 2000 remains a important tactic in our counter terrorism strategy. It can disrupt and deter terrorist activity by creating a hostile environment for terrorists as well as providing visible reassurance to the public.
“Our review of Section 44 and the tactics being launched today are designed to ensure we continue to protect Londoners while addressing the concerns that have been raised.
“We understand being stopped by police may cause an inconvenience. But it is our duty to protect the public and their patience and co-operation will certainly help keep London safe.”
Officers will still be able to stop any individual they have reasonable suspicion to suggest may be involved in terrorist related activity under Section 43 of the Terrorism Act 2000.