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Police Powers
Stop and Search

Under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984, the police have the power to stop
and search people and vehicles in a public place, such as the street or a car park. In
order to use this power the police must have reasonable suspicion that…

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suspected that the person is/has/will commit an offence AND the arrest is
necessary. It is necessary in order to:

Enable the name and address to be ascertained
Prevent harm or criminal activity
Protect children
To allow the prompt and efficient investigation of crime and ensure the person
doesn't disappear.

Case:…

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Fingerprints and non-intimate samples may be taken without consent and with
reasonable force.

Strip searches are only permitted when it is believed that the suspect is concealing
a prohibited article. No one unnecessary or of the opposite sex can be present and
the person cannot be made to remove all…

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