Police use ‘Stop and Search’ and ‘Stop and Account’ to detect and prevent crime and keep communities safer. ‘Stop and account’ is when a police officer or police community support officer (PCSO) stops you and asks you:
- What you are doing
- Why you are in an area or where you are going
- Or what you are carrying.
‘Stop and search’ is when a police officer stops you and searches you, your clothes and anything you are carrying. You can be stopped and searched when an officer has a good reason to suspect you are carrying:
- Drugs, weapons or stolen property
- Or items which could be used to commit a crime or act of terrorism, or to cause criminal damage.
Know your rights – If you are stopped by police, you should be treated fairly, with respect and in accordance with your rights. If you are unhappy with how you are treated, you have the right to complain.
Want to know more?
Local Stop and Search information is available to view in the folder below or using the police.uk Stop and Search mapping tool. The tool enables you to pull up a map of Norfolk, see how many stops happened in a particular area, when they happened, the age and ethnicity of who was stopped and the outcome. To use the tool, use the ‘find your neighbourhood’ function and then select Stop and Search from the menu.
If you’ve got an interest in policing and Stop and Search, why not consider joining the Independent Stop and Search Scrutiny Panel. The Panel meets four times a year and reviews a selection of redacted Stop and Search forms completed by police officers. The panel receives training around the requirements on police officers conduction stops, and they also have access to the force trainer on Stop Search and the Head of Equality & Diversity to assist in their understanding and interpretation of legislation. While officers and staff are made available to the panel to support them, the Panel are entirely independent of the police and PCC the decision to comment on an individual Stop and Search is the panel’s alone. Any Stop and Search found to have insufficient grounds is returned to the officer’s district commander who arranges for appropriate intervention with the originating officer. District commanders are also required to update the Panel on any intervention made as a result of their comments.
If you’d be interested in getting involved in the scrutiny panel, please email the Norfolk Police Diversity Team: firstname.lastname@example.org