Your Stop and Search Information

Stop and Search book

From the 11 May 2017, if you have been stopped and searched by the police in accordance with the Code of Practice on the use of Stop and Search then you are entitled to a copy of your stop and search information held by Police Scotland within six months of the search date.

You can get a copy of your stop and search information by downloading, completing and sending a Stop and Search Information Request form along with the required identification to the Stop and Search Disclosure Team either by post, email or by calling in at a police station. If you cannot download the form you can call in at a police station for further assistance.

Stop and Search Information is not be available to you in the following circumstances:

  • If you did not provide your name, address and date of birth at the time of the search.
  • If you were searched in accordance with Section 67 of the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2016 (a search as part of entry or attendance at a relevant premises or event where consenting to a search has been imposed as a condition by the organiser) as these searches are deemed impracticable to record.
  • If you were searched after being arrested
  • If the search was of a vehicle, vessel and/or premises and did not involve a search of your person.
  • If you were searched under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000 (governed by a separate code)

If you are unhappy about the way you were treated by the police, you can make a complaint using our online complaint process or by visiting your local police office or contacting us on the non-emergency number 101.