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Importance Of Police Powers On Stop And Search

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Police powers on stop and search

In England a police officer has the power to stop and search without making an arrest if they have “reasonable grounds” to suspect you are carrying illegal drugs, a weapon, stolen property or anything which could be used to commit a crime. Also a police officer can conduct a stop and search without reasonable grounds if he has been authorised to do so by a senior officer. See section 60 of the criminal justice and public order act and schedule 7 of the terrorism act 2000.These provisions have since come under much criticism as many argue that the practice lacks clarity, gives room for racial discrimination, grossly conflicts with ECHR and deprives people of their liberties and rights. In a bid to curtail the misuse of stop and search powers and provide a vital balance between the power of the state and individual freedom the Parliament set out some guidelines i.e. PACE codes of practice (Code A)
With the use of relevant case Law I will assess police stop and search powers, section 1 of the PACE ACT of 1984 some other important statutory provisions, discuss the legitimacy and appropriateness to determine whether the PACE codes of practice have been effective in safeguarding people’s rights and liberties

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In order to restore the public’s trust in the system the Parliament set out principles and requirements to govern these powers

What is the UK parliament without it’s principles.The UK parliament set out principles along side
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