Stop and search

Quick reference guide: legal basis and application

You can only lawfully stop and search a person if you have a legal basis for doing so in the particular circumstances. You must also apply that power in a legal way. As with all decision making, the officer must have due regard to the Code of Ethics and the National Decision Model throughout.

Quick reference guide: legal basis

Quick reference guide: legal application – applying the power lawfully

Quick reference guide: legal application – search options: three levels of intrusiveness

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