29 September 2011
StopWatch welcomes the MPA’s decision to maintain recording of stop and account
Positive steps by Metropolitan Police Authority in crucial recording of stop and account.
In March 2011 the Government eliminated the statutory requirement for police forces to record their use of stop and account. A stop and account occurs when an officer stops a member of the public and asks them to explain their presence or behaviour in a location but the stop does not escalate into a search.
The Met had previously engaged in a public consultation on the issue, which StopWatch had participated in. On the 27th of September the MPA announced they would not cease to record their use of stop and account.
StopWatch have produced a press release in response which can be downloaded below.