Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Transportation

One of the most common things we do is to drive people around in our patrol cars.  Typically, they are suspects or convicted criminals.  Every single time you take a suspect or criminal into your vehicle, search them.  Check them for weapons, check them for handcuff keys, check their restraints to insure they are on properly, locked properly and in good condition.   Don't overlook cell phones, drugs or other contraband.

Officers also need to search the vehicle and particularly the space where the suspect will be riding.  Again, you are looking for weapons, handcuff keys, drugs, cell phones or other contraband.  A suspect may have a friend leave or place something in the car for them.  After the suspect is removed from the vehicle, be sure to search it again so that anything they dropped can be traced back to them.

Transporting criminals to jail can be dangerous.  Watch for friends, gang associates, or family who may be lurking near your starting or ending locations, or along choke points on your route.  You may want to vary your route and be sure to watch to see if you are being followed.  Don't forget to buckle up both your self and the suspect; that's what the SGT Says.

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