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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 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
Drugs44%
Stolen property31%
Going equipped10%
Offensive weapons9%
Other4%
Criminal damage1%
Firearms1%

How effective are police stop and searches?

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 under five times the rate of white people across London in 2017/18. Mixed people were searched at double the rate of whites and Asians were searched at approximately one-and-a-half times the rate of whites. People from Chinese or Other backgrounds were searched at the same rate as whites.

City of London police carried out one search 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).

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 City of London 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 : 4.6
White : Asian 1 : 1.5
White : Mixed 1 : 2.0
White : Other 1 : 1.0