Q969: What are my rights if the police stop and search me?

Police Officers will act with integrity at all times and treat you with fairness and respect. You will not be stopped and searched because of your age, sex, ethnic background or religion. Officers should explain why they have stopped you and before any search, explain what they are looking for. Being stopped by the police does not mean that you are under arrest but you will need to stay with the officer until they have completed the search.


After the search, officers should provide you a receipt for the search, which contains information about your rights and how you can access a copy of your stop and search record. You will not get a criminal record unless you are convicted of an offence. Any personal information collected will be kept for police purposes and then destroyed after three years. For more information visit Police Scotland's Stop and Search web page.

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