Stop and search may be down, but ethnic disproportionality is increasing
New figures released by the Home Office today show that stop and search continues to be targeted at low level drug possession rather than weapons, and that despite major reforms racial and ethnic disproportionality is increasing. In welcome news, the number of stop and searches has fallen 21% from last year to 303, 845 in 2016-17. The lowest level since 2002, when current recording practices began.
The use of Tasers in London
On the same day the Home Office published Police use of Tasers statistics in England and Wales, StopWatch publishes data obtained by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) around the use of Tasers in London. Contrary to the Home Office, our report highlights data about the disproportionate use of these weapons against the black community.
NEW: Stop and search statistics (2014/2015)
The Home Office has published a report with data concerning police powers and procedures in England and Wales in the financial year 2014/2015. StopWatch has analysed the main trends and underlined the most interesting data about stop and search powers.
Vehicle stops and strip searches - the methodology of our recent findings
Two weeks ago the Guardian reported our findings of a) increasing and discriminatory vehicle stops, and b) the facts (and lack thereof) concerning strip searches in the context of stop-and-searches. To accompany this report, and lay the groundwork for relevant, upcoming StopWatch briefings, we offer this discussion of some of the methodology and sources behind these findings.