The wall search may be conducted when an MP feels it is necessary. The purpose of the wall search is to render
the suspect helpless while the MP conducts the search. Placing the suspect in an awkward, strained position gives
the MP a greater degree of safety. The wall search is useful when MP must search several suspects. Any upright
surface such as a wall or vehicle will do.
The searcher orders the suspect to stand, face the wall, and lean against it with upraised hands placed far apart and
fingers spread. The suspect's feet should be wide apart, turned out, parallel, and far away from the wall. See
Figure 1-5. Wall Search.
The suspect must keep his or her head down. If hand irons have been applied, the suspect should lean with his or
her forehead against the wall.
The assistant should stand on the opposite side of the suspect and to the rear. The assistant should cover the
suspect with a weapon if he or she believes the suspect to be armed. When the searcher changes positions to the
other side of the suspect, the assistant should also change positions. The searcher should always walk around the
assistant. The searcher never walks between the assistant and the suspect.
When an MP searches, he or she must make sure--
His or her weapon is holstered with the flap secured.
To approach the suspect from the side.