Creating a fairer Britain
The Equality Act came into force on 1 October 2010. Some of the information on this page may be out of date.
Racial discrimination in law enforcement, including stop and search, is covered by the Race Relations Act.
This means that if you believe you have been stopped and searched by the police directly because of your race or colour (or indirectly, for example because of your hairstyle or language that you speak) you can complain of racial discrimination. The same applies if you have been less favourably treated on racial grounds than someone else was - or would have been - treated during the stop and search, for example in the way you were spoken to.