Fedster + 1,307 Posted November 17, 2017 Share Posted November 17, 2017 London politicians put measures to senior Met officer, but deputy mayor suggests they may be disproportionate. Sophie Linden said that officers should have the confidence to use their powers if they think a crime is going to be committed Politicians called for more police action – including stop and search – to tackle criminals riding mopeds. At a meeting of the London Assembly, representatives of three different parties mulled policies which could tackle scooter-enabled crime, such as robberies. Figures to September this year show there were more than 19,385 "moped enabled" crimes in the capital. Green Party member Sian Berry asked Met Police Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt whether it would be legally possible to introduce a ban on passengers being allowed to ride pillion on the vehicles. Ms Berry said: "Maybe for a temporary time or across a temporary area [you could say] we're going to regard you as suspicious if you do that [have a passenger], I don't know." AC Hewitt said police do not make laws. Conservative Steve O'Connell said: "I've had suggestions that your officers should be stopping anyone with a pillion [passenger] in order to have a conversation with them." Labour's Andrew Dismore added: "Is there not a case in areas where you have more instances of this crime for a policy where you do more aggressive stop and search of people riding pillion?" "If you stopped them when riding pillion and they had a knife or a hammer they would need a pretty good excuse for doing so." AC Hewitt said police do already look out for those who they think are suspicious on scooters. Prominent Labour and Conservative politicians have been critical of police use of stop and search in recent years. At the meeting Sophie Linden, the deputy mayor for policing, said: "It's always going to come back to what is proportionate. We don't want to go so far one way […] we've had a conversation about stop and search and the level of stop and search had been too much of a blanket [policy]. "There is that danger with this, but clearly you can see from the [crime] figures it is concerning." Pressed further on the issue Ms Linden, Sadiq Khan's delegate on policing matters, added: "As with stop and search, officers should have the confidence to use their professional judgement where there is a high crime, and in Camden and Islington it is mopeds. "The message is you should have the confidence to use your powers where you think a crime is going to be committed. Clearly it does have to be intelligence-led, it does have to be proportionate, but it is needed." View on Police Oracle Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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