What Powers does a Police Officer Have to Search Me?
- PACE Code A (Revised, effective from 19 March 2015)
- s1 PACE 1984
- s23 Misuse of Drugs Act 1971
- s47 Firearms Act 1968
- s60 Criminal Justice & Public Order Act 1994
- Schedule 4, s5, 6, 7, 7A, 7B & 7C, Police Reform Act 2002
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