Key Statutory Stop & Search Powers:


Section 60 Criminal Justice and Public Order Act searches

As part of our membership of the National Best Use of Stop and Search scheme, changes have been made to the way the Force uses and authorises searches under Section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1984.

The five key changes 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

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