Police Powers: Stop and Search

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When Can They Stop And Search

  • Police must have reasonable grounds to suspect the person is in possesion of stolen goods / prohibited articles (knives etc)
  • Criminal Justice Act 2003 s.1(6) PACE 1984


  • Police have to state their name, station and the reason they are stopping and searching the suspect
  • Police can only use resonable force if suspect resists
  • Police must have written a report about the incident and give a copy to the suspect as well as keeping one for themselves


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