Police Officers: How to assist with an arrest?

waloshin

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Police Officers, how to assist with an arrest? If there is a Sergent arresting someone how do other officers assist with the arrest?
 

Eldiablojoe

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If you are another police officer, than you assist as necessary (applying handcuffs, punching the guy who is burying his arms under his prone arms to prevent cuffing, or securing his legs to prevent kicking, or controlling the crowd/audience/unknown accomplices or supporters in the area.

If you are not a police officer, then stay the f out of the way, and be a good witness if called upon to be one.
 

waloshin

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If you are another police officer, than you assist as necessary (applying handcuffs, punching the guy who is burying his arms under his prone arms to prevent cuffing, or securing his legs to prevent kicking, or controlling the crowd/audience/unknown accomplices or supporters in the area.

If you are not a police officer, then stay the f out of the way, and be a good witness if called upon to be one.
I need to know as I have to portray a police Officer Friday. One of the scenes is assisting a sergent in an arrest.
 

wonderspark

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Arresting officer performs search of subject (very specific, too hard to explain here) and secondary officer stands by in case subject resists. If just cuffing, it's over in two seconds. Second officer is there to cover arresting officer, so keep eyes on him. If scene involves others interfering, and only two officers present, I'd say it's safe to control crowd.
 

Eldiablojoe

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Watch Southland, an excellent representation of the law enforcement environment.
Concur. However, the caveat being that the incidents and interactions that occur do not play out on nearly the frequent level the show indicates. It could take months or years (depending on the activity level of the station) to get all the things occurring that you see in a single "shift" episode of Southland.
 

BreakGuy

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It depends highly upon the situation at the time. Is the suspect acting aggressively, unpredictable, calm, placid, nervous? etc

The officers safety is absolutely paramount in all situations and the arresting technique will reflect this. If the suspect is aggressive or unpredictable bring out a Taser or firearm and hold him at gunpoint until sufficient back up arrives.

If the suspect is calm and relaxed, knows he's done wrong and accepting of the consequences, it's normally just a "turn around hands behind your back" situation.

If the suspect has been tackled and resisting, use your ASP (or baton/nightstick) as leverage to get his arms out. Taser is also generally an acceptable piece of equipment to use in this situation.

We need more information as to the scene to provide more accurate information.