What type of evidence do police need to stop and investigate a possible crime?

Police need reasonable suspicion that a crime has been committed, or is being committed, to stop and detain a person to investigate a crime. Reasonable suspicion is a lower form of probable cause. This level of investigation also permits the police to frisk a person if the officer believes that the suspected individual poses a threat or danger to the officer’s safety.

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