Policy paper

PACE Code A 2011

Code of practice for the statuary power of stop and search and requirements to record public encounters by police officers and staff.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government


PACE Code A 2011

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This version of PACE Code A was in force from 7 March 2011 to 26 October 2013.

Code A deals with the exercise by police officers of statutory powers to search a person or a vehicle without first making an arrest. It also deals with the need for a police officer to make a record of a stop or encounter.

Published 21 February 2011