THE B.S.I.S. POWER TO ARREST OFFICIAL MANUAL
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should avoid searching a suspect. Laws protect the rights of
suspects who are being searched.
This section explains what you should and should not do.
are not allowed to search someone in order to find evidence for
making an arrest.
you see someone steal something you have been hired to protect,
you may first arrest the person by telling him he’s under arrest
for theft. Then you may physically detain him for the police to
search him. You should not give the suspect an opportunity to
dispose of any items taken.
the suspect tells you he’s going to shoot you, and you have
every reason to believe he has a weapon, then you have the right
to search him. If you have reasonable cause to believe you are in
physical danger by detaining the suspect, you may search him for
may search for only one thing - WEAPONS.
OF “FRISK” SEARCHING FOR WEAPONS
frisk is nothing more than a quick check to see if a suspect has a
concealed weapon. This should occur after the suspect is
arrested. To frisk a suspect, follow these steps:
Stand behind the suspect
Run your hands over the outside of the clothing
Pat those areas where a weapon might be concealed
Remove anything that feels like a weapon
not remove any article that does not feel like a weapon.
use direction when touching a suspect of the opposite sex.
Whenever possible have a member (security guard) of the same sex
conduct the frisk, and always try to have witnesses to the frisk.
STAY ALERT! Don’t relax after a frisk or take your eyes off the
suspect after you have competed the frisk. He may still have a
weapon you did not find!
of the places where a suspect might conceal a weapon are shown in
the illustration on the next page. The frisk should be done
quickly, and if possible, with another guard standing by. Practice
the frisk on a partner by having him conceal a small object.
During a frisk, you may also discover illegal items called
contraband. The most common type of contraband is narcotics. If
you discover contraband while you are frisking for concealed
weapons, leave it alone and tell the police when they arrive.