What we do

What we do

'Stop & Search' is a crucial policing tactic that enables us to serve our purpose towards the communities of the Northumbria Police area in fighting crime, protecting the public.

‘Stop and Search’ is governed by the Police and Criminal Evidence Act which sets out how and when searches should take place. The law requires Officers to have reasonable grounds to suspect an individual of being in possession of articles that amount to evidence of an offence before searching them. Where such grounds exist, we will search individuals in order to prevent and detect crime and make our communities safer.

Targeting ‘Stop and Search’ is effective in identifying offenders and deterring individuals from committing crime or anti-social behaviour. In the Northumbria Police area we target ‘Stop and Search’ in places where ‘intelligence’ tells us that offenders are operating or where we know that crimes are being committed. On occasion police officers use their professional judgment to decide if necessary to carry out a ‘Stop and Search’.

The following video was created with help from the British Transport Police, offering some useful information on what a Stop and Search is, and what your rights are if you are subjected to a 'Stop and Search'.