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Arresting Parents When Children Are Present?

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Posted almost 2 years ago

 

 Just wondering--How do you guys arrest parents when their children are present? Are there rules to this or is it just like any other arrest? 


 


Trying to learn as much as I can, so any personal stories would be great!

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Joined today. First post. Skeleton profile. I am not comfortable with this question. I am guessing you were arrested in front of your children. My suggestion is tell us about yourself and view the forums. This question is a major red flag to me. I understand being curious of our field however, why this question?

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 Here is another question for the criminals. Do you break the law with your children present? 

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Depends on the person I'm arresting. I have arrested (and fought) suspects in front of their children. That's a decision the bad guy made, not me. I have also afforded them the opportunity to cooperate and handcuff them out of sight of the children.


There are no "rules" about arresting in front of children.


So, why do you axe? Just curious.


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 Sorry, I should have explained more in the post but have been contacting all sorts of people so didn't spend a lot of time on this. I am a student writing a research paper on this topic and also hope to become a police officer. There have been quite a few papers published about certain policies that are in place between child welfare services and local law enforcement, but my understanding is that by and large it depends on the police department and county. Therefore, I'm interested in hearing your responses. 


I am also planning on calling police departments to ask about their specific policy, but assumed that this would be a good way to get answers as well. 

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We do not do homework for members. I would go ahead and axe an agency possibly during a ride-a-long. Keep in mind we are a suspicious bunch and we get homework request often.

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I wouldn't say they were "Policies" between Children Services and Police Agencies, probably some type of agreement. I had a Children Services worker tell me once I should arrest parents in front of children. I told the worker maybe they should do my job then. I haven't had any issues with them since.  :)


As I stated before, when it comes to arresting the bad guy (or bad girl) in front of children, there are no rules, per se. The one being arrested and their actions usually dictate how it is done, though.


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Timmy. AXE. I love it.

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 Uncledennis, thanks for recommending a ride along. I am doing one next Friday and am very excited! I completely understand that it is frustrating for students to come on to these forums asking for homework help. However, I'm not asking for homework help. I am trying to do research and am asking for law enforcement's own, personal opinions and experiences. I have read plenty of papers regarding a few policies that are present in only a handful of states (the California Research Bureau has done a lot of research on this for anyone interested). However, I would love to hear your own experiences and opinions. 


36TR, thank you for your reply. That's very helpful and gives me a better idea of what goes on, from a law enforcement officer's perspective. 

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If possible I will generally prefer that the kids are ushered away with another officer, parent or block their view as best as possible. Sometimes it does not matter, as Tim said it depends on the subject being taken into custody and their level of cooperation.