The Police and You

Police in your community:

We have a total of eight neighbourhood policing areas within Leicestershire. To find out which area you are part of, enter your postcode into the following page: https://leics.police.uk/local-policing . You will also find information regarding events that are happening, which police officers are around and what we are doing to help decrease and deal with crime in your local area.

Crime and young people:

As we are the police, our aim is to tackle and reduce crime. We support youths that have committed crimes to get them back on their feet and rehabilitate themselves. We have several youth officers and counsellors who dedicate their time to helping young people. There is also a range of events and activities which you can get involved with where you can meet other individuals that are in the same position as you.

Keeping young people safe:

Whilst youth crime is an issue we are trying to tackle, young people are also vulnerable to becoming victims of crime. From theft to fraud, youths of today are exposed to several crimes that they could easily get caught up in. There is a range of advice regarding crime prevention, safety information and tips on how young people can stay away from getting involved in crime: insert link to youth website.

Are you aged 17+? Your rights to a stop and search

Why do the police use stop and search?

Stop and search normally takes place in public places, particularly in neighbourhoods experiencing problems with crime, but it can happen anywhere. The police have a right and a duty to stop and talk to members of the public and in certain circumstances to search them. This is done in order to protect the public, tackle crime and keep our streets safe. Under most circumstances police need grounds to search you but some stop and search powers allow you to be searched without grounds, for example, if you are in an area where there is a risk of serious violence or disorder.

We can stop and search you for other reasons including:

•as part of our anti-terrorism efforts. •if there has been serious violence or disorder in the area. •if we are looking for a suspect who fits your description. •if we have reasonable grounds to suspect you're carrying a weapon, drugs or stolen property.

Before you’re searched

Before you’re searched the police officer must tell you: •their name and police station. •what they expect to find, e.g.: drugs. •the reason they want to search you, e.g.: it looks like you’re hiding something. •why they are legally allowed to search you. •that you can have a record of the search and if this isn’t possible at the time, how you can get a copy.

Things you should know

•Being stopped does not mean that you are under arrest or that you have necessarily done something wrong. •If you are stopped by the police, you are required to stay for the duration of the search. If necessary, you will be prevented from walking away. •We must use the search powers fairly, responsibly and with respect for people without discriminating. •We must make sure that the search time is kept to a minimum. •The search must take place near to where you are stopped, except on occasions where moving you would protect your privacy. •You should receive a written record of the search or a receipt at the time of the event. •We do not have the power to stop you in order to find a reason for a search.

If you are in a public place, you only have to take off your coat or jacket and any gloves that you are wearing, unless you have been stopped in relation to terrorism or where we believe you are using clothes to hide your identity.

If it is necessary to take off more than this or any items that you wear for religious reasons, such as a face scarf, veil or turban, we will take you somewhere out of public view for your own privacy. This does not mean that you are being arrested. In cases such as this, the police officer that searches you will be the same sex as you.

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