Met Agree New Stop-And-Search Guidelines
Tuesday 26th August 2014
The Met Police have signed up to new guidelines on the way it uses controversial stop and search powers.
Scotland Yard have announced they are introducing higher levels of authorisation before officers can carry out blanket searches without suspicion.
A new voluntary code of conduct is being introduced by the Government for all forces in England and Wales.
Chief Inspector with the City of London Police Tim Parsons told LBC: "Clearly there is and has been a problem at times with casual racism across the service.
"I don't think that's a widespread problem, but it is a problem in some areas.
"The idea of this is to provide more transparency, more accountability, allowing access to the data."
Of the 251,161 people who were stopped and searched from August 2013 to July 2014, 46% were white, 29% were black and 14% were Asian.
This means that black and minority ethnic people are up to six times more likely to be searched than white people.
LBC's Bill Overton reports: "These changes are voluntary but will mean that the police will need authority from a more senior office to carry out blanket stop and searches under the controversial section 60 powers.
"The idea is to try and build more trust in the police.
"These new regulations would also mean we can question why more stop and searches were carried out on a particular ethnic group or in a particular area."