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What Information Will the Police Ask For?

The police have a legal requirement to include certain information from individuals who have been stopped and searched.

PCSO on patrol in town centreThis includes:

  • Date and time of the stop and search.
  • Location of the stop and search.
  • Why they stopped you, the grounds.
  • What they were looking for.
  • Names of the officers conducting the search.

Age and Date of Birth

The police officer will ask for your name and address and date of birth. You do not have to give this information if you don't want to; unless the police officer says they are reporting you for an offence.


Everyone who is stopped and searched will be asked to define his or her ethnic background. You can choose from a list of national census categories that the officer will show you.

It's Your Choice

You do not have to say what it is if you don't want to, but the officer is required to record this on the form. The ethnicity question helps community representatives make sure the police are using their powers fairly and properly.