Stop and search

Young people may be stopped and searched by the police. Being stopped does not mean you are under arrest or have done anything wrong. The police often stop and search people in areas where crime has been reported.

A stop

A stop is when a police officer or police community support officer stops you in a public place and asks you to account for yourself and may ask you the following questions:

  • “What are you doing?”
  • “Where have you been?”
  • “Where are you going?”
  • “What are you carrying?”

A stop and search

A stop and search is when a police officer stops and then searches you, your clothes and anything you are carrying. Whether you have been subject to stop and search or not, it is important to know your rights. The Metropolitan Police provides clear guidance on stop and search.

If you are arrested

If the police suspect you have been involved in a crime and you are arrested it is important that you are aware of your rights. The government provides a guide to your rights when being arrested.