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The Police have the right to stop and search and arrest individuals, discuss the extent to which an individuals rights are protected in such circumstances.

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Part 'B' Law Essay- The Police have the right to stop and search and arrest individuals, discuss the extent to which an individuals rights are protected in such circumstances. An individual can be stopped by a police officer; or a police community support officer; a police community support officer must however be in uniform. A police officer does not have to be in uniform, but if they are not wearing uniform they must show you their identity card. An individual must not be stopped because of their age, race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, religion or faith, the way they look or dress, the language they speak, or because they have committed a crime in the past. The police should treat individuals fairly and with respect. If they unhappy with how the police treated them, individuals can complain. If they feel they were treated differently because of their race, age, sexuality, gender, disability, religion or faith, they can complain of unlawful discrimination. ...read more.

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can search someone. A person can only be stopped and searched if a police officer has reasonable grounds for suspecting that they are in possession of: stolen goods, offensive items, prohibited articles, or items intended to cause criminal damage. There are times however when police officers can search anyone within a certain area, for example: when there is evidence that serious violence could take place there, or where a terrorist threat has been identified. However the officer should explain this to the individual and must be searching for items which could be used in connection with violence or terrorism. Before someone is searched, the police officer should tell them: that they must wait to be searched, what law they are using and the individuals rights, their name, the station they work at, why they chose you, what they are looking for, and that you have a right to be given a form straightaway showing details of the stop and search. ...read more.

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If the police officer asks to take off more than this or anything you wear for religious reasons, such as a face scarf, veil or turban, they must take you somewhere out of public view e.g. the station. This does not mean that the individual is being arrested. In this case, the police officer who searches someone must be the same sex as them for obvious reasons. A vehicle can be stopped at any time and an individual may be asked to show their driving documents, such as their licence. The police can search a vehicle if they have reasonable grounds to think it contains: stolen goods, offensive items, prohibited articles, or items intended to cause criminal damage. They can search a vehicle at anytime, even if the individual is not there but must leave a notice saying what they have done. If the search causes damage to the car, the owner can ask for compensation but only if the police did not find anything to connect them to a crime. ?? ?? ?? ?? Law Essay 1 By Kelly Angel ...read more.

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