Stop and Search in London: January to December 2021

Abstract

Stop and Search in London reports summarise how police in London are using their stop-and-search powers. An updated report is issued every three months. Police in London stopped and searched 232,215 people and vehicles in the12 months from January to December 2021. The number of searches has generally decreased over the past year.66% of searches in that period were for drugs, with 74% of all searches resulting in no further action.Searches are heavily concentrated in some areas – half of all searches occurred in 10% of neighbourhoods.

Matt Ashby
Matt Ashby
Lecturer in Crime Science

I am a lecturer in crime science at the Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science at University College London (UCL). I am interested in crime analysis – particularly how crime concentrates in time and space – in crime prevention and in transport crime.

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