When shouldn't I be stopped and searched?

It is wrong for a police officer to stop and search someone without good reason. For example they should not discriminate by stopping and searching someone just because of their race or the way they look.

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What is a stop?

A 'stop' is when a police or community support officer stops someone and asks them to account for themselves.

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What is a stop and search?

This is when a police officer stops someone and searches them, their clothes and anything they are carrying. Only a police officer (not a police community support officer) can carry out this procedure.

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Where can I be stopped and searched?

A person can be stopped and searched in a public place - or anywhere if the police believe that person has committed a crime.

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What if I am in a vehicle?

Police can stop a vehicle at any time and ask the driver to show their driving documents, such as their licence.

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What happens if I am stopped and searched?

There is a procedure that police officers must follow if they intend to stop and search someone.

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