Police: Schools

Home Office written question – answered on 3rd July 2020.

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Photo of Afzal Khan Afzal Khan Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of extending stop and search powers to schools-based police officers.

Photo of Kit Malthouse Kit Malthouse The Minister of State, Home Department

The police have a stop and search power under the Criminal Justice Act 1988 which allows individuals on school premises to be searched for a bladed or pointed article or offensive weapon when there are reasonable grounds to suspect a person on those premises of having such an article or weapon, or of being threatened with such an article or weapon. This power also allows the school premises to be searched for such articles and weapons.

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