Section 60 Order Enacted in Slough

Alert message sent 24/07/2020 16:01:00

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At 1.30pm today (24/7) Thames Valley Police enacted a section 60 order to cover the borough of Slough.
The order will remain in place until 1.30pm tomorrow (25/7)
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This section 60 order means that officers can stop and search anyone within the area shown on the map for items connected with violence.

The decision to enact the order has been made following a number of incidents in the area recently which involved the use of weapons.

Whilst this may sound alarming, the Section 60 order is simply a measure used to prevent incidents of violence.

Please do not be worried if you are stopped by an officer as this does not mean that you are in trouble. You will see an increased police presence in Slough whilst the order is in place and we do expect to carry out more stop and searches than usual.

Officers who will be out and about are there to reassure you as well as using their powers under section 60 so please do stop and speak with them about any concerns that you have.

What to expect if you are stopped and searched
The police officer will tell you their name, which police station they work at and what they are looking for. If the officer is wearing a body worn camera then they will record the encounter.

Whilst being stopped and searched does not mean that you are under arrest, the search is not voluntary and you must stay with the officer until the search is complete. The officer can use reasonable force if necessary to carry out the search so please co-operate with us if you are stopped.

An officer of the same gender, where possible, will search in your pockets and over the top of your clothes.

You are entitled to a copy of the search record which will either be handed to you at the time or you may be asked to collect it at a later date from Slough police station.

If you are unhappy with how your encounter with an officer or if you would like to recognise the professionalism of an officer that you engage with, you can do this online at https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/fo/feedback/tc/thanks-and-complaints/ 
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Mel Reedman (Police, Communications Officer, Thames Valley)

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