whenever possible, the one of you moving from one location to another should go
around and behind the stationary investigator.
If there are two or more
subjects, you must not concentrate your efforts only on one. Instead, while
the senior investigator deals with one, the junior member covers the other.
Techniques of Searching.
a. There are three types of searches.
They are the simple frisk, the
wall, and the complete, or "strip search."
Regardless of the type search;
however, there are certain basics common to each.
b. When searching, it is important that you focus your full attention upon
the subject. Diverting attention to someone or something else may cause you to
skip over the area being searched. Also, such inattention may give the subject
the chance he needs to try to escape.
c. Do not be overconfident or careless about searching.
Do a thorough
Remember that any subject is potentially dangerous, with or without a
weapon. Respect the subject as an adversary.
d. When conducting a search, crush the subject's clothing rather than just
By patting flat objects will remain undiscovered; by grasping every
inch of clothing and crushing it, a complete and thorough search will be done.
This must be done in a careful manner to avoid any sharp objects which might be
in the subject's pocket(s).
8. The Frisk Search.
This method is a quick search at the scene of
It is done to discover dangerous weapons and evidence.
making the frisk, have the subject stand with his back to you.
member of your team takes a position from which he can watch - and cover - the
subject. The subject is ordered to raise his arms high in the air and open his
hands; feet should be spread. Start with the subject's head area. Search any
hat the subject may be wearing, and the head, neck, and collar.
covering the subject's entire body with your hands. A check is made under the
subject's arms, his back, his chest and stomach region. Also, a check is done
of the thigh and crotch area, and the legs. Do not forget the belt, cuffs, and
shoes. Hand irons should then be placed on the subject, if required.
The Wall Search.
a. The wall search is the best type of search to use on any subject. When
done properly, this search offers a definite advantage.
That is, having the
subject in an off-balance position, while you remain balanced. It essentially
immobilizes the subject's hands and feet. The wall search does not require a
wall; it can be conducted against any object on which the subject can lean.
That might be a fence, pole, automobile, tree, or desk.
b. The subject is told to face the wall, his feet well apart, turned out.
His feet should be as parallel to, and as far away from the wall as possible.
He is to lean against the wall supporting himself with his hands. These