Sunday, August 3, 2014

Suspect Welfare

Sometimes when you arrest a suspect they claim to have a medical condition.  Not every medical problem is obvious to the casual observer.  Where there is doubt about it, always get the suspect checked and treated if necessary.

When in the field, I call for the paramedics at the least opportunity.  The last thing I want is to have a suspect die in custody because I did not call for paramedics soon enough.  While sometimes suspects fake an injury or illness because they want sympathy or are trying to avoid jail, it's better to be sure.

Some suspects think that the jail ward might be more comfortable for them, compared to regular jail.  That's okay, I would rather let a couple scammers fake out the doctor than have a suspect get sick or have a serious medical issue because I did not get them help.  When someone is in your custody, it's your duty to take care of them, including food, water, restroom, and medical attention; that's what the SGT Says.

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