The use of stop and search powers allow the police to tackle crime (particularly violent crime) and keep our streets safe. Stop and search is targeted and intelligence led, taking place predominantly in areas where violence is taking place and on people who are known or suspected to be involved in violent crime.
The police have the legal right to stop members of the public and search them for a variety of reasons and using a number of powers, including:
- Section 60 Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, gives police the right to search people in a defined area at a specific time when they believe, with good reason, that: there is the probability of serious violence; or that a person is carrying a dangerous object or offensive weapon; or that an incident involving serious violence has taken place and a dangerous instrument or offensive weapon used in the incident is being carried in the locality. This law has to be authorised by a senior officer.
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- Alternatively, you may wish to either visit your local police station, or telephone us on our general enquiries number 101. We will send you this information in the post, or by email, as necessary.