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City of London Police

About this force

Commissioner Ian Dyson
Population 7,375
Recording stop and account? Yes
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About the PCC in this area

Note: In the City, the City of London Corporation acts as the PCC.

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Key statements on stop and search

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How many searches do police do?

April 2015 – March 2016

The police conducted 1,574 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by City of London Police.

This was a reduction of 16% from the previous year.

There were 0 stop and searches under Section 60 Criminal Justice & Public Order Act, a power which doesn’t require individual reasonable suspicion.

April 2014 – March 2015

The police conducted 1,875 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by City of London Police.

This was a reduction of 29% from the previous year.

There were 0 stop and searches under Section 60 Criminal Justice & Public Order Act, a power which doesn’t require individual reasonable suspicion.

Stop and account

City of London Police record stop and accounts.

City of London is one of only nine police forces in England and Wales that record stop and accounts.

In 2013/14, a total of 2,711 recorded stop and accounts where carried out across the force. Of these:

  • 1,460 were of whites
  • 295 were of blacks
  • 322 were of Asians
  • 53 were of people from mixed backgrounds
  • 30 were of Chinese people or those from other backgrounds

This means that, across London, black people were subject to an account at 1.1 times the rate of whites, Asians at 0.8 times that rate, mixed people at less than 0.0 times the rate of whites, and those from Chinese or Other backgrounds were encountered at 0.7 times the rate of whites. These disproportionality figures represent London-wide figures and are a combination of all recorded stop and accounts by the City of London and the Metropolitan Police.

What are searches targeted at?

Target Proportion of searches
Drugs50%
Stolen property39%
Offensive weapons5%
Other3%
Going equipped2%
Criminal damage1%
Firearms1%

How effective are police stop and searches?

April 2015 – March 2016

30% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

April 2014 – March 2015

25% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

Who is getting searched?

Black people were stopped and searched at almost 4 times the rate of white people across London in 2015/16, a slight increase on the previous year. Mixed people were searched at almost twice the rate of whites, Asians were searched at marginally higher rates than whites, and people from Chinese or Other backgrounds were searched at lower rates than whites.

There is greater disproportionality under section 60, a suspicionless power, which increased by an extra 83 searches compared to the previous year. Black people are searched at almost 21 times the rate of whites and Asians at two and a half times the rate of whites. Mixed people and Chinese or Other ethnicities were searched at far lower numbers to make any calculations meaningful. In absolute terms, black people were searched 182 times in London compared to 43 whites, 29 Asians, 12 mixed and 9 people from Chinese or other backgrounds.

Note: The disproportionality ratios on this page represent London-wide figures. In other words, it covers both the Metropolitan police force and the City of London police which has a much smaller resident population. All the other data on this page relate solely to the Metropolitan police including the number of stop and searches; reasons for the search; and percentage resulting in arrest.

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 3.6
White : Asian 1 : 1.2
White : Mixed 1 : 1.7
White : Other 1 : 0.7

Section 60 disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 20.9
White : Asian 1 : 2.5