Personnel Search – Pat down – Frisking demonstration
(0:17) Hello my name is Kurt Vandegrift, I’m the Director of Operations for United States Police Defensive Tactics Association.
(0:24) With me today is Matt Ricky, he’s one of my longtime students and member of the USPDTA. We’re going to work with you and do some unarmed combative techniques today.
(0:35) We hope you enjoy it and use this as a reference for your less danger gonna have in the future.
(0:40) Okay, now the subject we’re going to take up is searching an individual. You may at be at road block, you may be at an arrest situation, whatever.
(0:51) If I’m on a road block, and I have the subject here and I don’t have restraints on the individual. I don’t want to be face to face with the man. Okay.
(1:01) If I’m face to face, I get him the chance to attack me. If I have his back to me, I have control. I would not approach until I have proper control on the individual and hopefully, that’s going to be another individual over here, with the weapon, to make it sure that I’m safe. Okay. Whenever I want to do this one person at a time, we’re always should have a back up redirecting, so we have safety.
(1:30) So, I have him covered by another man, I’d say “Put your hands at the top of your head, Sir and release your fingers, okay. Stretch your legs out, please. A little wider, please. Point your toes out. Thank you, sir”
(1:45) Now, he is at a very precarious position. He has no bounce, do you sir? *No*
(1:51) Now, as I approach, if I have a side arm on, I’m going to approach with my side arm away. I’m going to reach up, I’m going to grab his fingers and squeeze. That’s not comfortable, is it? *No.*
(2:03) Okay, from here, I’m going to step up. Do you have anything sharp that can coat or cut me? *No*
(2:10) Do not believe him, okay. We’re going to start from the head downward, check the hair, behind the ears, or look down at the shirt, we’re gonna go across the shoulders, okay.
(2:22) Down the arms, right here, we’re going to go around from. We’re going to do it in hams. I’m going to feel for any necklaces, there could be a bladed weapon, nothing. I’m going to go down, up, keep checking, squeezing as I go.
(2:36) If it’s a female and you don’t want to worry about liability or being offensive; use the inside of your hand , under the breast, over the breast, and use that as a way you check there. You feel anything difficult, then you go for. Okay.
(2:53) I go down, pat. Okay. As I go to this half, I’m checking in the waistband, the biggest thing they will do is tell you, try to make you feel uncomfortable. Ask you if you’re a homosexual, whatever.
(3:06) You’re going to reach, you’re going to grab. I’m here standing, I’m checking, I squeezed… I squeezed. I reach in, I’m going down the half of the body, I go down the front, I look, I pull up the pantleg, nothing.
(3:18) I come up to the backside and up the sides. When I get to the groin area, again, use the inside of your hand, go both sides. Go up the crack of the rear, looking for anything that you can feel. Check the pockets, hands in the waistband, checking. Okay.
(3:38) We’ve got that half. Now, I’m going to switch hands, do not move, sir. I switch, same thing, I start, I look, I’m checking the half, okay.
(3:47) Up the arms, down the arms, across the front, checking again… make sure I didn’t miss anything. Across, squeeze, checking, going down looking for anything, again through the waistband; I don’t feel anything, I’m squeezing.
(4:04) I’m reaching, I’m going down, pull up the pantleg, I don’t see anything. I’m coming at the back side, checking the outside, again here, I check the groin, check the rear again.
(4:19) I’m looking the same secure. Okay, thank you, sir. You may now put your feet together, you don’t put your hands down until I tell you, I step back, now you may take your hands on to your side, please. Do not put it in your pockets, leave it out where we can see them.
(4:35) That is a proper way to search an individual.
(4:40) Preferably, the best way to do this is with him in handcuffs. But if it’s a road block and you’re just checking them, they’re not in detention, they’re not being arrested; you may not be able to handcuff them.
(4:52) This is the best way I know, when they’re not handcuffed. Okay.
(4:58) Now the way to do that would be “Sir, on your knees. Okay. Cross your ankles, sir. Please put your hands behind your head and release your fingers. Okay. Now, Please get up on your knees. Thank you.”
(5:17) Now, as I approach the individual, I’m going to slip my foot in between his ankles. So now, he can’t get them afar. Again, you’re going to grab the hair, I’m in a good position. I can pull up my knee in here. Bull him out. Now, he is in a rough position to fight the arm chair.
(5:37) He is very uncomfortable. Now I do the same thing, same method. Don’t change up, now you do the search.
(5:45) Once you hit the upper body, clear. You can check everything down, except right in the middle.
(5:52) Then we’re done with that. He’s clear on that far. I still have protection, you say “Sir, across your ankles, stick your right leg up, put your thumb on very up, stay at up, please. Spread your legs, put your toes out. Now I can check the legs and I have full control.
(6:12) This way would be from this individual being restrained and in handcuffs. In some kind of restraint to buys, and now I can go, all I have him restrained.
(6:23) This limb would see as ability to do anything to get away, to attack me, you just have to be careful for sharp objects, needles, things that they might use, infectious materials on to get to you.
(6:37) Obviously, if it’s a road block on an embassy, I may be looking for triggering device. To trigger a bomb, okay.
(6:44) Hang on the level of the threat. That’s how you’re going to take it. If you thought this individual have a bomb, you better not approach him, you should be back there with your firearms,and face him on the ground, if he breach, shoot him.
(6:58) That’s the way I could control that situation.
(7:03) And that’s the way we research an individual. I guess we should show, lay down on the ground, please.
(7:12) Okay. If I have an individual on the ground and I have to search him. ‘Sir, put your hands up, thumbs up, okay. From there, turn your head away from me, sir. Spread your legs up, wide as you can. The toes out’.
(7:28) From this position, it’s very hard for him to do much. I’m going to have reaction time. If I have to search him, I’m going to approach up here, keep your head away from me. Keep your head away from me. I’m going to kneel, across here, I’m not putting much my weight on him.
(7:48) If you need to move within away for that.
(7:54) And I’m going to start searching from here. Moving down automatically. Down the body, okay.
(8:01) As I do that, if I have to, I can kneel my other knee on this arm, which will definitely cause pain and control.
(8:09) But again, I’ve got covering with fire and if I need it, he’s always up opposite to me where he can see what’s going on. Put his hand away from me, it takes away his control to do so.
(8:19) He starts to move, my partner says ‘Danger’. I back out. I back out.
(8:30) When you would go down each legs, stay down please. Each leg, okay.
(8:36) Once I’ve got the back search, I can step in, I’ll step across here. I would normally step around of course. I go from there, go around to the side, I would say ‘Sir put your hands behind your head and release your fingers’.
(8:55) Move your feet together, please. From here, I’d say ‘Do not move’. I would rotate him over on his side, and I can search the side, going down, check that side. When I got this side done, I’d rotate him over to the other side and check that side.
(9:12) If the individual is under arrest, for some reason. Remove his shoes, he no longer needs them.
(9:19) One, that keeps him from wanting to run and two anything that could be hidden in the shoes. A shoe ball may… it went up to some kind, it is not reliable to him. When you’re searching an individual, always be checking the waistbands and areas available to them for handcuff keys.
(9:36) Anything they can do to get out of the device. And thank you, sir. You may get up now.