Policy paper

PACE Code A 2015

Code of practice for statutory powers of stop and search and requirements to record public encounters by police officers and staff.


Code A revised


This revised PACE Code A has effect from 19 March 2015 following a statutory consultation.

It covers police powers to stop and search persons and vehicles and the requirements for officers to make a record of a stop or encounter.

You can also read the order bringing the code into force and the explanatory memorandum describing the changes.

Published 19 March 2015
Last updated 5 August 2022 + show all updates
  1. Accessible version added.

  2. First published.