What is a stop and search? A person can only be stopped and searched if a police officer has good reason to suspect they are carrying: drugs, weapons or stolen property, items which could be used to commit a crime or to commit an act of terrorism or to cause criminal damage. This 'good reason' should be based on facts, information or intelligence or could be because of the way a person is behaving. There are times, however, when police officers can search anyone within a certain area. For example: when there is evidence that serious violence could take place there or where a terrorist threat has been identified. But the officer should explain this to anyone they wish to stop and search and must be searching for items which could be used in connection with violence or terrorism. For mor information about stop and search, click here.