Other types of police encounter
You have not been officially ‘stopped’ if, for example:
- an officer approaches you and chats about local issues and priorities,
- you have witnessed a crime and are questioned about it to establish the background to the incident or,
- you have been in an area where a crime recently occurred and are questioned about you might have seen
The Road Traffic Act 1988 provides a police officer with the power to stop a vehicle at any time to: request a driver produce his or her driving licence or other documents; and/or, in certain circumstances, to conduct a breath test. The officer may also speak to you about other road traffic offences that you may have committed.