Public Consultation on a Code of Practice for Stop and Search

Stop and Search note

Between 21 March and 15 July 2016, the Scottish Government undertook a public consultation on a Code of Practice on the use of stop and search. The consultation received 38 responses from a range of organisations and individuals. This report analyses these responses.

During the same period the Scottish Government also undertook a public consultation on whether the police should have legal powers to stop and search children and young people for alcohol, or people suspected of supplying children with alcohol. The consultation received 130 responses from a range of individuals and organisations. This included 11 reports of consultation activities held with children and young people in different parts of Scotland. This report analyses the responses.

The Scottish Government decided not to introduce a power of search for the police to search young people for alcohol following the consultation. More evidence will be gathered as part of the 12 month review of the Code of Practice from May 11 2017, led by the Independent Advisory Group for Stop and Search, before any future need for a police power to search young people for alcohol is reviewed. Police Scotland will support the review of the Code of Practice and any associated police powers.