Stop and Search is an essential tool in preventing and reducing crime and when used appropriately, this can be effective in keeping the communities of County Durham and Darlington safe.
Nonetheless, it is important that the public understand their rights when they are stopped by officers carrying out this pivotal role.
The Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner holds Durham Constabulary to account for their delivery of Stop and Search. We are providing this information to help make sure you know how to complain if the search was carried out incorrectly.
You should always be given the name (except for terrorism searches), identity number and station of the police officer searching you.
You should always be treated fairly and with respect. If you feel this has not happened then you can complain to Durham Constabulary Professional Standards Department.
You can also complain if you believe you were treated less favourably because of your race, age, sexual orientation, gender, gender reassignment, disability, religion or belief.
It will help if you keep the receipt that the police officer gave you.
The purpose of the Office of the Durham Police Crime and Victims’ Commissioner’s (ODPCVC) Stop and Search Scrutiny Panel is: