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Stop and Searches Motion, 16/02/15 [S]

Motion lodged before the Scottish Parliament on 16 February 2015 by Hanzala Malik (Lab) on Concern over End to Stop and Searches. The full text of the motion reads:

That the Parliament notes that rank and file police officers have accused politicians of ignorance over consensual stop and searches; understands that officers are considering ending the controversial tactic but that the Scottish Police Federation has now written to MSPs insisting that the searches increase public safety; also notes that it defended the right of officers to carry out consensual stop and searches on children; understands that police in Scotland have the legal power to stop and search members of the public in certain statutory circumstances when they have reasonable evidence that they are in possession of drugs, an offensive weapon or stolen property but in other cases they may ask for consent to a search when they have no legal power to require someone to be searched; notes that police in England and Wales are not allowed to do this, and understands that, in June 2014, Police Scotland told MSPs that it would abolish consensual stop and searches for children under 12.

For full details see the Scottish Parliament Business Bulletin 16 February 2015 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Business Bulletin 16 February 2015