Search Powers

What Powers does a Police Officer Have to Search Me?

Section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act

Under the Best Use of Stop and Search there are five key changes to Section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act, these are:

  • raising the level of authorisation from Inspector to chief officer rank
  • raising the threshold from ‘may’ to ‘will’ reasonably anticipate violence, so an officer must reasonably believe that an incident involving serious violence will take place
  • in all cases, an authority must only be granted when it is necessary to do so, rather than just expedient
  • limiting the duration of initial authorisations to 15 hours (from the previous 24hrs)
  • effectively communicating to the public where there is a Section 60 authorisation in place beforehand (if practicable) and afterwards, so that the public is kept informed of the purpose and success of the operation.
  • Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994

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