In the News
What is stop and search and what are my rights?
This article from BBC News describes the stop and search powers by police.
Stop and search powers (in England and Wales) are allowed to be used by the police if they suspect a person is carrying:
- Illegal drugs
- A weapon
- Stolen property
- An item that could be used to commit a crime
Police officers must have 'reasonable grounds' to carry out a stop and search, and they are not permitted based on gender, race or if someone has a previous criminal record. In 2019, there were 380,000 stop and searches carried out.
This article could be used for the Crime and Deviance unit (e.g., police, labelling theory, crime prevention).