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City of London Police

About this force

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 2018 – March 2019

The police conducted 1,523 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by City of London Police.

This was an increase of 16% from the previous year.

There were 15 stop and searches under Section 60 Criminal Justice & Public Order Act, a power which doesn’t require individual reasonable suspicion.

April 2017 – March 2018

The police conducted 1,229 stop and searches under PACE Section 1 across the area covered by City of London Police.

This was a reduction of 7% from the previous year.

There were 2 stop and searches under Section 60 Criminal Justice & Public Order Act, a power which doesn’t require individual reasonable suspicion.

April 2016 – March 2017

The police conducted 1,315 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.

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
Drugs57%
Going equipped19%
Stolen property11%
Offensive weapons7%
Other4%
Firearms1%
Criminal damage<1%

How effective are police stop and searches?

Drugs accounts for the single largest reason for searches carried out by City of London police officers (57% in 2018/19) instead of being directed at serious or violent crimes. Most of these are likely to have targeted low-level possession of drugs, mainly cannabis, rather than disrupt the supply chain.

April 2018 – March 2019

32% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

0% of stop and searches conducted under Section 60 Criminal Justice & Public Order Act lead to an arrest.

April 2017 – March 2018

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

0% of stop and searches conducted under Section 60 Criminal Justice & Public Order Act lead to an arrest.

April 2016 – March 2017

28% of stop and searches conducted under PACE Section 1 lead to an arrest.

Who is getting searched?

Black people were stopped and searched at approximately ten times the rate of white people across the City of London in 2018/19. Asians were searched at nearly four times the rate of whites; people of mixed ethnicity were searched at two and a half times the rate of whites. People from Chinese or Other backgrounds were underrepresented in saerches, compared with whites.

City of London police carried out 15 searches under section 60, a power which does not require officers to have suspicion to believe that a person is carrying weapons in order to search them for that item(s). No arrests were made.

Note: All data relating specifically to the City of London police on this page are very small and should be interpreted with caution. This is because City of London police cover a much smaller resident population. Please visit the Metropolitan police force page for disproportionality ratios reflecting London-wide figures (that is, Metropolitan and City of London police figures combined).

PACE disproportionality ratios

Ethnic groups Ratio
White : Black 1 : 9.6
White : Asian 1 : 3.9
White : Mixed 1 : 2.5
White : Other 1 : 0.8