Saturday, July 12, 2014

Ped Stop

We don't always stop people in cars, sometimes we stop pedestrians.  People just waking down the street.  People seeming doing nothing wrong, just out for a walk.  Well, we don't stop people just for going for a walk, so first of all, make sure you have either a permissive encounter or a reason to lawfully detain or arrest the pedistrians.

If it's a permissive encounter and they want to leave, you have to let them go.  If it's a detention or arrest, you can require that they stay.  Remember, what starts as a permissive encounter may escalate to a detention or arrest if you gather new information about your subject.

In any pedestrian stop, call it in to the dispatcher so they know where you are and what you are doing.  Stop behind the suspect or well in front of them and make them come to you. That way you have a reactionary gap to anything they might do to hurt you.  Control the encounter, control the hands, get back up if you need it; that's what the SGT Says.

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