Stop & Search: Croydon BME Forum discussion 12 March


Questions on stop and search 

How many stops and searches were made in the Borough by age, gender and ethnic group and legislative power, shown Borough wide and by each police station?

  1. How many stops and searches led to:

(a)    arrests by alleged crime

(b)   charging by alleged crime

(d)   court appearances for alleged crime

(e)    acquittal at court

(f)    custodial sentences

(g)    community service sentences

What steps have been undertaken since 2012 in respect of tackling any alleged or actual racial discrimination by Croydon police officers as illustrated for example in stops and searches?

(From  Sean Creighton ‘CRIME IN CROYDON. Submission No. 5 to the Croydon Opportunity and Fairness Commission. Discussion of issues relevant to the Commission’s inquiries)

Police Accountability

‘Are Tweedledum and Tweedledee Fit To Run London?. The contest for London Mayor has been an unedifying spectacle of Ken and Boris showing that neither are fit to be Mayor. They both represent aspects of what I termed some time ago ‘The New Corruption’. Not a day goes by that a new exposure of ‘New Corruption’ is not front page media reportage. The two Tweedles have both abysmally failed to ensure the accountability of the Metropolitan Police whose leadership has been found to be up to their eyes in ‘The New Corruption’. They have let the problem of racism continue. In addition to the high profile cases being investigated about racism towards members of the public it now turns out that even Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) are not immune from being bullied by police officers and staff as happened over an 18-month period in Wandsworth. As we saw in the August riots the streets are volatile as a result of many people’s experience with the police, especially indiscriminate use of stop and search.  Ken and Boris’s failure to make it accountable makes them unfit to be in charge of the Met after the election on 3 May. (From my blog Sunday, 29 April 2012)

Stop and Search Ap

See my ‘Stop the search: here’s a phone app to protect public rights.’ (Inside Croydon. 21 Dceember 2012)


About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly, and am a member of the latter's Environment Forum. I am a member of the 5 Norbury Residents Associations Joint Planning Committee, and a Governor of Norbury Manor Primary School. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and advise the North East People's History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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