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  • 1. STOP AND SEARCH Kajal Bal
  • 2. AIMS Reasons behind stop and search  Raise public opinions/awareness on stop and search  To discuss if it is ethical 
  • 3. REASONS BEHIND STOP AND SEARCH A police officer has powers to stop and search you if they have ‘reasonable grounds’ to suspect you’re carrying:     illegal drugs a weapon stolen property something which could be used to commit a crime, eg a crowbar
  • 4. You can only be stopped and searched without reasonable grounds if it has been approved by a senior police officer. This can happen if it is suspected that:  serious violence could take place  you’re carrying a weapon or have used one  you’re in a specific location or area
  • 5. POLICE POWERS   The police have powers to stop and question you at any time - they can search you depending on the situation. A police community support officer (PCSO) must be in uniform when they stop and question you. However a police officer doesn’t always have to be in uniform but if they’re not wearing uniform they must show you their warrant card.
  • 6.  A police officer has powers to stop you at any time and ask you: -what you’re doing -why you’re in an area and/or where you’re going However, you don’t have to answer any questions the police officer asks you.
  • 7. Criticisms regarding stop and search ethically…
  • 8. The most frequent criticism is that black people are six times more likely to be searched than white people. This is often overemphasised. Britain’s inner-cities, where most searches take place, are not as white as Britain at large, Mr Donaldson says. But that black people are stopped more often even in many rural areas is unsettling. The process can be distressing. Dami Benbow, a black 22-yearold politics student from Lewisham, in south east London, says that when he was stopped, he felt that the officers who searched him were unnecessarily rough.
  • 9. Being searched doesn’t mean you’re being arrested !