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Crime prevention Hertfordshire

Your Rights

Before you, or your vehicle, are searched the officer must take all reasonable steps to ensure that you understand:
  • the reason they stopped you (these are called grounds)
  • what they are looking for (this is called the object)
  • their name and/or warrant number
  • the police station they work from
  • your right to a record of the search or a receipt
  • what legal power or authority they are using
  • that you are detained for the purpose of a search

If you have any comments or observations about stop and search in Hertfordshire and would like to provide feedback, please find an anonymous feedback form here. Alternatively, if you are unhappy with the way you have been treated you can submit a complaint to Hertfordshire Constabulary.

Searching officers do not need to be the same sex as you.  The officer can ask you to remove your jacket, overcoat or gloves in public. 

Should the officer require the removal of more than jacket, outer-garments or gloves they must take you somewhere out of public view.  In this case the search must be conducted by an officer of the same sex as you and out of sight of anyone of the opposite sex.

If you are being searched under Section 60 Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 you will be told the name of the senior officer who authorised the use of Stop & Search for that locality and time period.  They may also request the removal of certain items of clothing, such as face coverings, which may be concealing your identity.

Where there are religious sensitivities about the removal of such an item or headgear for example a face scarf, veil or turban, worn for religious reasons this should also be conducted out of public view and, where practicable, the officer should be of the same sex.

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