mdon, for someone who seems to be so down on Special's it's amusing you've had to be corrected by them on something so basic. S2 of PACE applies to all searches (unless specifically mentioned, see the COP).
Case law has found that for searches the officer must give their name and station first for the search to be legal. It has found that deviation on other parts of GOWISELY (or rather the law surrounding the mnemonic) would not necessarily render the search unlawful, but failure on the name and station would do.
Anyway... I carry my warrant card at all times with one or two exceptions; it's a Standard Operating Procedure in my force that we do so, whether you're going out on the lash or not.
I don't have a downer on specials, I used to be one for five years and they were the best years of my life and I have even tried to rejoin them but can't due to being an officer in another force. The only time I'm hard on specials is when they introduce themselves as PCs when they are not, I worked hard over those 5 years always putting in triple the amount of hours needed which saw my hard work pay off in getting response driving courses and sex offender visit jobs etc etc, I was very proud to be an SC and I feel others should be too.
Anyhow back to searching, I knew GOWISELY had some legal elements to it and I honestly thought as long as you gave your name and collar number along with station then showing the warrant card was optional but now I know!
I also like how someone -1'd the same sex S43 terrorism act post I made, is that because they don't believe it? Lol
Now back to the original topic, always carry it unless your on a night out around town.
Edited by mdon, 06 March 2012 - 09:43 AM.