The police have the power to ‘Stop and Search’ members of the community only where there are reasonable grounds to do so. There are several laws which allow officers to stop a member of the public and search them – for example, if the search is related to the illegal possession of offensive weapons, controlled drugs, stolen property, or items which could be used to commit crime.
We have a leaflet explaining ‘Stop and Account’ and ‘Stop and Search’. It provides a summary of your rights if you are stopped, or stopped and searched. Click here to download it.