The Action

Police across the world have the power to stop citizens, to check their identity and, if they have reason, to conduct a search. These powers differ from one country to the next. They are more controversial and subject to greater scrutiny in some places than in others. And we know more about the outcomes and effects of the use of powers in some countries and almost nothing about the practice in others. To better understand the practice, we have established a European network, funded through EU COST, which brings together the different and contrasting perspectives of those who conduct stops, those who experience them and, finally, those who are involved in oversight and accountability.