Field Interviews and Pat-Down Searches 

The purpose of this policy is to help officers determine when field interviews and pat-down searches are warranted and to establish the proper way to conduct them.

The field interview is an important point of contact for officers in preventing and investigating criminal activity. Even when conducted with respect for involved citizens and in strict compliance with the law, the field interview can be perceived by some as police harassment or intimidation conducted in a discriminatory manner against groups or individuals. In order to maintain the effectiveness and legitimacy of this practice and to protect the safety of officers who must approach suspicious individuals, law enforcement officers shall conduct field interviews and perform pat-down searches in conformance with procedures set forth in this policy.

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