Police powers to stop and search: YOUR RIGHTS
The police can stop and question you at any time – they can search you depending on the situation.
A police community support officer (PCSO) must be in uniform when they stop and question you. A police officer doesn’t always have to be in uniform but if they’re not wearing uniform they must show you their warrant card.
Stop and Search
Stop and search powers help the police to tackle crime. It’s targeted and intelligence-led and practised on people who are suspected of being involved in crime. Find out how it helps to keep our streets safe and what to expect if you are stopped.
Gov. User Guide
This user guide is designed to be a useful reference document with explanatory notes on the issues and classifications that are key to the production and presentation of the Home Office’s annual statistics on the use of Police powers and procedures in England and Wales.
Link to Guide
Responding to concerns about county lines exploitation
If you’re worried that a child or young person might be or is at risk of being exploited by a county lines gang, you must share your concerns.
If you think a child is in immediate danger, contact the police on 999. If you’re worried about a child but they are not in immediate danger, you should share your concerns.
Contact the NSPCC Helpline on 0808 800 5000 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you require advice or general information please get in touch
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