Police Stop & Search Rights under the Terrorism Act
We all need to be vigilant against terrorism and support the police where possible as well as protect our rights to photograph in a public place.
The Royal Photographic Society advises as follows:
Every person has a right to photograph in a public place.
It is not against the law to photograph a police officer undertaking normal duties.
The police do have a duty to investigate incidents which may give rise to suspicion.
If stopped by a police officer remain calm and polite
You are not required to give any personal details unless driving a car or you are arrested.
Officers may stop and search and view images if they believe they could be used in connection with terrorism.
Officers have no power to delete images
PCSOs may not search without a police officer present.
You must be provided with a copy of the Stop & Search slip which will include the officer’s identity.