techniques discussed above, completely search one subject at a time. Do this
while your partner stands guard over the others. Your partner should keep his
attention directed to the subjects and not to you. When you finish, stand back
and move around your partner to the second subject. Then your partner is to
move over to guard the searched subject. However, when there are three or more
subjects and only two investigators, the subjects should be moved to a
For example, three subjects must be searched; they are
directed to assume a position against the wall. You search the first subject
and step well back from the wall. The searched subject is told to move to a
new position on the wall; a second subject is moved into position to be
searched. Only one subject should ever be moved at a time.
10. The Strip or Complete Search.
a. The strip search or complete search is the most thorough method of
searching. However, it should only be conducted when deemed reasonable by the
An example would be a narcotics investigation.
In this search the
subject removes all his clothing. You carefully examine it paying particular
attention to seams and cuffs.
b. Your partner carefully conducts a search of the subject's body. The
subject's hair should be combed, and his fingernails scraped when appropriate.
Your partner should carefully check to ensure that the subject has nothing
taped to his body. Some favorite hiding places are behind the ears, between
the fingers, under the arm, or in the crotch.
If the subject has a dental
bridge or false teeth, they should be removed and checked. All body openings
should be carefully scrutinized. However, neither you or your partner should
probe into body cavities or remove items from a body cavity; the subject should
be transported to a medical facility, and a medical doctor should remove items.
11. Hand Irons.
a. Hand irons should be used to secure a person whenever violence is
anticipated. Hand irons should also be used if the person being apprehended is
a known armed felon or a narcotics addict. These irons should be placed on the
subject after he is searched. Your commands to the subject must be specific,
such as the following:
(1) "Place the right hand in the small of your back - palm out."
(2) "Move forward slightly, and place your head against the wall."
(3) "Place the left hand in the small of your back - palm out."
(4) "Now move up and face the wall."