Why we use stop and search

Stop and search is a vital tool with which to tackle crime and keep people safe.

Stop and search is never used lightly and police officers will only exercise their legal right to stop members of the public and search them when they genuinely suspect that doing so will further their investigations into criminal activity – whether that means looking for weapons, drugs or stolen property.

We recognise that stop and search has an impact on individuals and on our communities and we are committed to engagement, transparency and a willingness to learn to understand what that impact is and how we can mitigate it.

Criminal Justice and Public Order Act

Section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 is different to normal stop and search as it gives police the right to search people without reasonable grounds. This can only happen in a defined area at a specific time when a senior officer believes there is a possibility of serious violence, or weapons are involved.