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Police

If you encounter the police there are rules and laws about how they should behave and what your rights are. 

These pages explain what the police can and cannot do when they stop and search you, stop and question you or want to move you on. 

Police powers to stop and search, enter private property and seize goods

Information on when the police can stop and search you, how searches should be conducted, when they can enter your home and their powers to seize money and goods.

If you are arrested and held in custody by the police in Scotland

Your rights if you are arrested and held in custody by the police in Scotland.

If you were detained or arrested by the police in Scotland before 25 January 2018

Your rights if you were detained or arrested by the police before 25 January 2018. Information on what should happen, rights to a solicitor, time limits and taking prints and body samples.

Complaints and legal action against the police

Information on how to complain about police misconduct, what you can complain about, how it is dealt with, referring a complaint to the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner and taking legal action.