A police officer can stop and search you, your vehicle, your clothes or anything you are carrying.

However, before they can do this, they must have a good reason and tell you why they are searching you.

Police officers don't have to be in uniform but if they're not they must show you their warrant card.

Being able to do this helps to keep the public safe, tackle crime, anti-social behaviour and prevent terrorism.

If you are stopped and searched it does not mean you are under arrest or have done anything wrong and does not automatically mean you will have a police record.

 View our video to find out more about Stop and Search:

  • Explanation of what a Stop and Search is
  • Reasons why you have been stopped
  • What details the officer should provide you with
  • What power they have used to stop you
  • Information about our online survey to provide us with feedback   

Have you been stopped and searched? Fill in our online survey to give us feedback.

The feedback you provide is presented at our Stop and Search Scrutiny Panel, considered in future training practices and processes and fed back directly to officers.

Wiltshire Police recently held its first virtual Stop and Search Scrutiny Panel meeting, due to panel members being unable to meet in person during the COVID19 pandemic. The Deputy Chief Constable introduced the meeting, which happened at the beginning of July, welcoming all the panel members who had volunteered to take part. This panel will meet regularly, albeit virtually at the moment, to review searches conducted by our officers. More information about the panel and its work will be released in due course.

We will respond accordingly to responses provided to us via the survey. If you wish to contact us directly to discuss Stop and Search please email stopsearch@wiltshire.pnn.police.uk


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