The police can stop and search people to detect crime and help make our neighbourhoods safe. Searches are only carried out where there are reasonable grounds to do so.
To learn more about your rights and police powers, visit the Police powers to stop and search: your rights page on GOV.UK.
You do not have to give your name, address or date of birth to the police if you're stopped and searched unless you are being reported for an offence.
You may be asked to describe your ethnic origin. You do not have to give this information, but we ask the question so we can monitor the stopping of ethnic minorities and encourage police accountability.
Watch this short film to find out more about Stop and Search: in Avon and Somerset.
If you believe you were stopped and searched unreasonably, or you weren't treated fairly or with respect, you can complain to:
The Community Trigger ensures we work together to try and resolve complaints or concerns.
If you have a concern about the way the police are using stop and search within your community, you can use the online Community Trigger application form.
It does not replace the complaints procedure, or your opportunity to complain to your local police station or Independent Police Commission.
The Independent Scrutiny Panel and the Force Stop and Search lead will decide whether single complaints will activate the Community Trigger process.
If the local policing area receives more than one complaint over a 3 month period, the Community Trigger process will be activated.
All stop and search related complaints and their outcomes, will be published on this page anonymously.
For a chance to increase your understanding of the process and to discuss with officers, any person who makes a stop and search related complaint will be considered to take part in the Ride Along Scheme.
We are currently integrating a number of data collection systems. While we complete this work, we are temporarily unable to publish our stop and search data. As soon as possible, we will publish updated information.
To view previous statistics for stop and search in Avon and Somerset, visit the stop and search overview on police.uk.