The Law, Rules and Regulations

‚ÄčThe police have the legal right to stop and search members of the public for a variety of reasons and using a number of powers. The main powers used require the officer to have reasonable grounds to suspect that the person stop searched is carrying a stolen or prohibited article. 

Other powers exist where an authorisation is required by a senior officer in relation to anticipated serious violence or terrorism. These powers are used less frequently as officers do not have to have reasonable suspicion about the individual being stopped and searched.

The use of stop and search powers by the police is regulated by legislation and codes of practice.  The following are the main provisions but this is not an exhaustive list. 

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