|Stop and Search|
WHAT IS STOP AND SEARCH?
Police officers can stop and speak to you at any time. They can stop and search you and your vehicle if they have reasonable grounds to suspect you are carrying any of the following:
When authorised by a senior
officer, you may be searched for articles associated with terrorism or if
violence is anticipated, for dangerous instruments, even if the officer
does not suspect you to be in possession of any of the above.
A police officer must have a
good reason for searching and should tell you what this is for
example, you may be stopped and searched because a crime has been
committed nearby and the police are looking for someone that may fit your
WHERE CAN I BE SEARCHED?
A police officer can usually
only search you in a public place but if s/he suspects that you
have committed a serious crime, you can be stopped and searched anywhere.
If you are 16 or under,
a parent or guardian must be present before any questioning can take
place. It is important to have a solicitor present as well as a parent or
guardian. If your parent or guardian is NOT present, DO NOT answer any
questions at any time, except when giving your name and address
At the police station