Sunday, August 30, 2009

Look In The Car

The eye cannot trespass. Anytime I approach a car on duty I remember that phrase. I make it a point to look inside the vehicle. There is much to look for too. The most important thing to watch is the hands of the people inside the vehicle. The next thing to look for is contraband items.

When a driver reaches for their vehicle registration or insurance information, keep an eye out for duplicate documents, even multiple driver licenses. Also look for drugs, weapons, guns, or other suspicious items. I have found cars that contained drugs, "kiddie" pornography, and even a kidnap kit of ski mask, duct tape, and knife.

I try and see inside the glove compartment, center console, and door side pockets. I also check the floorboards, and I always look up at the visor and across the dashboard. The driver and passengers often conceal items by tucking them under their legs. I try and watch for that too. I remember several times seeing beer flow from under a car seat when a driver was trying to hide an open container. Careful observation can lead to arrests that would otherwise go past; that's what the SGT Says.

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