This section provides advice if you have been stopped or arrested by the police. If you have been warned, cautioned or given a penalty notice by the police, you should read the section on . You can contact Galop if you require more information about any of the issues raised in this section, or you [...]
The police have the power to stop and/or search an individual in a public place if they have ‘reasonable grounds for suspicion’ that you are in possession of illegal drugs, stolen property or that you are carrying an offensive weapon or have committed an offence.
These searches will only take place in exceptional circumstances. A strip search or intimidate search should only be carried out if a police officer has reasonable grounds for believing that you may be concealing anything that is likely to cause physical harm or injury to you or another person.
Police officers from the Metropolitan Police Service in London should follow specific guidance which has been issued concerning how to address and search trans people, and how to treat trans people when taking them into custody.
If you are arrested you have the right to know why. If you are not being arrested you don’t have to go to the police station.
You are entitled to see a solicitor, to have someone told where you are and to read a copy of the procedures for arrest known as the Codes of Practice. You should be given a written note of these rights. If you are unsure about why you have been arrested, or the charge is a [...]
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