1 June 2004

Stop and search: the views and experiences of Black communities on complaining to the police

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A study conducted by The 1990 Trust: Human Rights for Race Equality for the Metropolitan Police Authority in June 2004.

Given the level of dissatisfaction expressed about Stop and Search and the view that public trust and confidence in the police amongst Black communities has been undermined by persistently disproportionate rates of Stop and Search the number of complaints could reasonably be expected to be high. However information from the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) suggests this is not the case.

This study therefore aimed to explore any barriers to making complaints, particularly from the Black communities themselves. The recent Police Complaints Authority (PCA) study ‘Stop and Search Complaints (2000 – 2001)’indicated that although Black people were more likely to complain about Stop and Search than White people, the ratio of complaints to actual stops was still low at one complaint to every 421 stops.

The 1990 Trust is a leading UK wide Black-led human rights and race equality voluntary organisation and as such plays an important role in influencing, developing and analysing race related policy and legislation, informed by the needs and concerns of Black groups in Britain.

This research document is available to download below.