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A. Powers to stop, search and detain

As an ordinary citizen, it is possible that you might be stopped, questioned and even searched by the police while you are walking on the street. You may have questions as to why the police would do this to you, or under what circumstances the police can exercise such powers.


This section contains some general information about police powers in the following areas:

  • stopping and questioning a person;
  • searching a person;
  • entering private premises, searching and seizing items inside;
  • arresting a person; and
  • detaining a person at a police station and taking statements