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Police Stop and Search - Know the Facts

KNOW THE FACTS
POLICE STOP AND SEARCH RIGHTS
UNDER THE TERRORISM ACT
  • Every person has a right to photograph in a public place
  • It is not against the law to photograph a police officer undertaking normal duties
  • The police do have a duty to investigate incidents which may give rise to suspicion
  • If stopped by a police officer remain calm and polite
  • You are not required to give any personal details unless driving a car or you are arrested
  • Officers may stop and search and view images if they believe they could be used in connection with terrorism
  • Officers have no powers to delete images
  • PCSOs may not search without a police officer present
  • You must be provided with a copy of the Stop & Search slip which will include the officer’s identity.
We all need to be vigilant against terrorism and support the police where possible as well as protect our rights to photograph in a public place.
August 2010

For more information, and up-to-date news of challenges to Section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000, see:
"I'm a photographer, Not a Terrorist!"
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