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Stop and Search of the Person in Scotland: code of practice for constables

Published: 13 Jan 2017
Part of:
Law and order
ISBN:
9781786527561

Code of practice for police constables exercising the power of Stop and Search.

38 page PDF

424.1kB

38 page PDF

424.1kB

Contents
Stop and Search of the Person in Scotland: code of practice for constables
Part 3 - Engagement prior to a search

38 page PDF

424.1kB

Part 3 - Engagement prior to a search

5. Engagement - Steps to be taken before conducting a search

5.1 This Code does not affect a constable's ability to speak to a member of the public in the course of the constable's duties (see Note 1). Stop and search is only one aspect of policing. Engagement ( i.e. how constables interact with members of the public and how members of the public interact with constables) can be a key factor in determining outcomes, including public confidence, as well, for example, as allaying suspicions or establishing or confirming grounds for search.

5.2 Unless the circumstances described in the first sentence of paragraph 4.9 exist, before carrying out a search, a constable should try to engage with the individual (see paragraphs 4.10 - 4.13). Constables should use every-day language, build a rapport where possible, and treat everyone with fairness, integrity and respect.

5.3 Constables may, as a result of their engagement, decide not to search a person (see paragraph 4.12).


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