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Police Powers: Stops and Searches

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Can the police enter my home?

The police can enter your home if they have:

  • a warrant that allows them to enter your home to arrest someone,
  • a search warrant, or
  • permission from you or from someone else in authority in your home.

They can also enter your home in some urgent situations.

The police may come up to your door to talk to you unless you have told them not to. But they do not have the right to come to your door just so that they can look into your home for evidence to use against you.

The police can go onto your driveway if they have a reasonable suspicion that an impaired driver is parked there.