Police officers can stop and speak to you at any time. But they should only stop you to search you if they have good reason.
An information leaflet is available below that provides additional information. The leaflet has been updated to reflect recent changes to the application of Section 44 of the Terrorism Act (2000). An officer stopping you under this Act is now required to have reasonable suspicion you are carrying items related to terrorism.
Stop and search leaflet (PDF, 28KB)
Monitoring Stop and Search
As Police and Crime Commissioner, I am committed to monitoring and scrutinising the Force’s use of stop search powers and to raise the awareness of an individual’s rights if they are stopped and searched.
HMIC report into Stop and Search.
The summer riots of 2011 once again focused attention on the way police use stop and search powers. As a result of this renewed concern, in December 2011 the Home Secretary commissioned HMIC to carry out an inspection into the use of stop and search legislation by police forces in England and Wales.