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Why is Stop and Search Used?

The use of stop and search powers.

Police Cap and Police Helmet on a Hi-Vis JacketThe use of stop and search powers allow the police to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour, and to prevent more serious crimes occurring.

Generally stop and search happens in public places - for example - in the area around football matches or in neighbourhoods that have been experiencing problems with crime or vandalism.

The police have the legal right to stop members of the public and search them for a variety of reasons and using a number of powers, including: