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Met Police seek Harrow residents input on stop and search tactics

Metropolitan Police are reaching out to Londoners for their input on stop and search procedures through a comprehensive survey aimed at garnering better responses from residents in the Harrow area.

The survey, comprising 32 questions, delves into the public’s perception of stop and search, personal encounters with the tactic, officer training, and suggestions for improvement. It is hosted online and is expected to take approximately 20 minutes to complete.

This initiative is part of the Met’s broader effort to reset its relationship with London’s communities. The police emphasise the dual nature of stop and search, acknowledging its effectiveness in removing dangerous weapons from the streets, but also recognizing its potential negative impact, particularly on communities disproportionately affected by the practice.

The insights gathered from the survey will play a pivotal role in shaping a charter between local communities and the Metropolitan Police Service, ultimately influencing how stop and search operations are conducted to better serve and police London.

Harrow residents are encouraged to participate in the survey, as their feedback will have a lasting impact on the implementation of stop and search tactics in London.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Ade Adelekan, who leads the project, said: “A key part of our plan to reform the Met is to work closely with our communities, ensuring we police with their consent.

“Stop and search has always been a contentious issue. When used well it saves lives and is important in keeping Londoners safe, helping us identify criminality and take dangerous weapons like knives and firearms off our streets.

“I know some Londoners have a poor experience of stop and search and that has damaged the trust, confidence and co-operation of some communities. That distrust is higher in communities where stop and search powers are used most often, generally where violent crime, driven by a small minority, is highest.

“This is why we are taking the first steps to reset our approach. We want to hear from Londoners and create an agreement between the Met and the public on how we conduct stop and searches in the future.”

The Metropolitan Police has engaged with various groups, including charities, faith groups, and youth organisations, to discuss stop and search practices openly. Neighbourhood policing teams have conducted hyper-local sessions in boroughs, highlighting the importance of enhanced officer training, public education on the tactic, and better recording and auditing for transparency.

To complete the survey please click on this website