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PACE the Police and the British Public What is PACE PACE or Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 is what provides the police with the powers to stop and search individuals But then why does this area of the Act lead to so much public mistrust of the police The public are worried that the increasing power of the police to stop and search are an infringement of civil liberties Of particular concern is recent legislation eg the Terrorism Act 2000 that allows a search to be lawful when the constable has no grounds to be suspicious of the person searched An opposing view is that such powers are necessary to uphold the rule in a society that has become increasingly aggressive Generally any police constable may require a person or vehicle to stop and be searched if the officer has reasonable grounds for believing that the person has possession of certain illegal items or the proceeds of crime In designated areas where for example there is a high risk of violence or public disorder or for the prevention of terrorism any person or vehicle may be stopped without such justification Approval for such actions must have been in advance There are also powers to set up road checks to search for offenders and escaped prisoners which requires advance approval and to prevent breaches of the peace which does not Main Provisions of the Act The 1984 Police and Criminal Evidence Act was particularly motivated by the desire to head off the demands for and improvement in the mechanisms of police accountability by introducing reforms which were designed to enhance the extent to which the police operated with the consent of the general public However its now disputed use has arguably caused more conflict than any other policing strategy Almost 5 years following the MacPherson report into the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry stop and search remains one of the
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