When a police officer stop searches you, he/she must:-
- Tell you that you are being detained for the purposes of a search, and
- Tell you what search power they are using, and
- Tell you details of exactly what item(s) they are searching for, and
- Explain their reasonable grounds to suspect that you/the vehicle was carrying the item(s) they are searching for, and
- Give their name and/or identification number, and
- If they are not in uniform, show you their warrant card (Police ID), and
- Tell you which police station or police base they work from, and
- Make a written or electronic record of the search (unless there are exceptional circumstances), and
- Provide you with a copy of the form or a receipt.
The police officer can:-
- Search you, anything you may be carrying or any vehicle you may be in for stolen goods, an offensive weapon, drugs, anything that may be used for burglary, theft or committing criminal damage, or evidence of certain other offences, where they have reasonable grounds to suspect that you have them with you
- Use reasonable force if you have been given the chance to co-operate but have refused. You do not have to be under arrest to be searched
- Ask you to remove your jacket, outer coat and gloves (with certain exceptions under the Criminal Justice & Public Order Act 1994 and the Terrorism Act 2000)
- Ask you to remove other clothing, but this can only be removed if you are taken out of public view (e.g. to a police van or police station). If this occurs the officer conducting the search must be the same sex as you
You will be asked for personal details, including your name, date of birth, address, phone number and email address. You do not have to provide these details but if you do this assists the police in monitoring stop search activity.
Whilst some personal details may be used to contact people who have been stop searched for quality assurance purposes, your personal information may also be used or added to information that the Force already holds about you.
STOP & ACCOUNT
The recording and monitoring of Stop & Account in Leicestershire is currently suspended
A Stop & Account is an encounter between the police and a member of the public that do not take place under any statutory powers and does not lead to an arrest or a search.
Police Officers and Police Community Support Officers record these where you are in a public place and you are asked to account for your actions, behaviour, presence in an area or possession of anything. This record is made using radio transmissions - no paper record is created. There is no entitlement to a copy of this record.