In recognition of its continued drive to improve stop and search, the Metropolitan Police is delighted to have achieved the Princess Royal Training Award standard for its innovative and interactive video based exercise.
Delivered by the City & Guilds Foundation and supported by their president HRH The Princess Royal, the Award recognises the Met’s commitment to investing in people and communities.
The exercise, which was developed in-house by the Met’s Stop and Search Team, is a cornerstone of the Met’s commitment to continually improve the quality of stop and search encounters. Delivered by trainers, it uniquely gives officers vital and realistic practice before having operational encounters with the public. Since its launch in 2018 over 4,000 new police officers have had the chance to test their knowledge and skills through the exercise. The Central Stop and Search Team, who are subject matter experts, have also facilitated the exercise to over 350 community members and other key stakeholders including Community Stop and Search Monitoring Groups, Independent Advisory Groups (IAGs) and Youth Parliament members, where it has been widely praised.
The news of the Award followed a rigorous two-stage evidence based application and interview process which began in early 2020.
Commander Jane Connors said: “We are very pleased to be recognised for our efforts to provide the best training for our officers in what we know is a controversial, but valuable tactic in tackling violent crime. Equipping our officers with the best knowledge and skills is vital in working towards our priority of bearing down on violence in London and keeping communities safe.
“This interactive exercise puts our officers in situations they will encounter in real life. It enables them to consider the impact of their actions in a safe environment and prepares them to go out on patrol.
“We also know that to maintain public confidence in our use of stop and search powers we must use them in a fair, effective and professional manner. This exercise helps train our staff to think about the quality of the interaction and to seek to make stop and search a positive encounter between police and public.”
In August alone Stop and Search resulted in 360 weapons being seized across London including 206 knives and 11 firearms.