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Stop and account

What is 'stop and account'?

Stop & Search

‘Stop and account’ is when an officer stops you and asks you:

  • what you are doing
  • why you are in an area or where you are going
  • what you are carrying.

A police officer or police community support officer (PCSO) does not have the power to force you to stay with them if you are stopped and asked for your actions.

Who can carry out a ‘stop and account’?

  • a police officer
  • a PCSO.

A police community support officer must be in uniform. A police officer does not have to be in uniform, but if they are not wearing uniform they must show you their identity (warrant) card.

You should not be stopped or searched just because of:

  • your age, race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, religion or faith 
  • the way you look or dress, the language you speak 
  • because you have committed a crime in the past.

If you believe this is why you were stopped or searched, you can complain.

What is recorded and your right to a receipt:

If you are stopped the officer will only record using their Airwave Radio your self-defined ethnicity and the date and time of the Stop and Account.

You will be given a Customer Contact Card showing the date and time you were stopped, and the officer’s name and details. This is only necessary if practicable for the officer and if the customer wishes to wait.

If you feel that you have been treated unfairly then you have the right to complain