Wednesday, March 11, 2015


How to give a description of someone.  First, give a description that will allow an observer to detect the subject from a distance.  The color of their eyes is not helpful from 100 feet away.  Then give a more detailed description that will allow a more positive identification of the individual.

Sex, race, age, height, weight, upper half of body, lower half of body.  Male, white, adult, tall, thin, white tee shirt, blue jeans.  That's enough to weed out a fair portion of the population.  Anything else that is particularly descriptive and noticeable from a distance is helpful.  Shoulder length blonde hair, for example.

Start from the top of the person and work down.  Get every detail, hair color, length, and texture, skin tone, skin condition, acne, scars, freckles, tattoos, piercings, jewelery, hat, shirt, pants, belt, socks, shoes.  Color and condition of clothing, are they wearing layers of clothing?  Layers can be stripped off to give a different look.  Also ask about speech patterns, an accent is hard to disguise.  It's all in the details, that's what the SGT Says.

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