Stop and search powers

Statutory powers that a police officer may use to stop and search someone to prevent and detect crime. They can be used to avoid unnecessary arrest in circumstances where a quick search might confirm or eliminate an officer’s suspicions. Use of these powers is lawful if an officer has reasonable grounds for suspicion that a person is in possession of a stolen or prohibited item, or controlled drugs, or if a person is in an area where serious violence is anticipated.

There are several powers of search but the vast majority of powers used are included in:

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