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Stop and Search

The Anatomy of a Police Power

  • Rebekah Delsol
  • Michael Shiner

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Rebekah Delsol, Michael Shiner
    Pages 1-8
  3. Lee Bridges
    Pages 9-30
  4. Michael Shiner, Rebekah Delsol
    Pages 31-56
  5. Rebekah Delsol
    Pages 79-101
  6. Ben Bradford
    Pages 102-122
  7. Tara Lai Quinlan, Zin Derfoufi
    Pages 123-145
  8. Michael Shiner
    Pages 146-169
  9. Ben Bowling, Estelle Marks
    Pages 170-192
  10. Rebekah Delsol, Michael Shiner
    Pages 193-196
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 197-228

About this book


This book reviews the key controversies surrounding the police power to stop and search members of the public. It explores the history and development of these powers, assesses their effectiveness in tackling crime and their impact on public trust and confidence as well as on-going attempts at regulation and reform.


Stop and search policing police powers police accountability institutional racism police community relations criminology crime counter-terrorism police

Editors and affiliations

  • Rebekah Delsol
    • 1
  • Michael Shiner
    • 2
  1. 1.Open Society Justice InitiativeLondonUK
  2. 2.London School of Economics and Political ScienceLondonUK

About the editors

Rebekah Delsol is the program officer for ethnic profiling at the Open Society Justice Initiative, UK.

Michael Shiner is an Associate Professor of Social Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK.

Bibliographic information


“Delsol and Michael Shiner is a collection of work that makes an important contribution to the field of policing and ethnicity studies, social justice and crime and society. … this is an excellent book which focuses on the core issues that have been debated around stop and search for many years and uses evidence to construct those arguments.” (Imran Awan, Ethnic and Racial Studies, 2016)