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What Should I do if I am Stopped and Searched?

Everyone has a civic duty to help police officers prevent crime and catch offenders.

PCSO Gill Murphy 6489 + PC Paul Cotton 5327The fact that the police may have stopped someone does not mean they are guilty of an offence.

Apart from the inconvenience, people may feel irritated that they've been stopped when they haven't done anything wrong- that's completely understandable. However, the stop and search will be much quicker if a person co-operates with police officers.

It's up to you whether you provide your name and address. You don't have to, but the best advice is that you should co-operate with the police.

Don't forget that the stop and search must be carried out according to strict rules - the police have a responsibility to ensure that people's rights are protected. Everyone should expect to be treated fairly and responsibly. The police use these powers to help make the local community safer by disrupting crime - public co-operation is an essential part of that.