Where can I be stopped and searched? If you in a public place, a person being searched only has to take off your their coat or jacket and their gloves, unless they have been stopped in relation to terrorism or where the officer believes they are using clothes to hide their identity. If the police officer asks the person to take off more than this or anything they are wearing for religious reasons, such as a face scarf, veil or turban, they must take the person somewhere out of public view. This does not mean the person is being arrested. In this case, the police officer who searches the person must be the same sex as they are.