Training >> Browse Articles >> Patrol


Roll-Call Training

Jack Ryan

Body: Hypothetical: Officer Courtney observes a subject, Mr. Eubanks, who he has reasonable suspicion, (but not probable cause), to believe has been involved in the shoplifting of a can of beer. Officer Courtney stops Eubanks.


Can Officer Courtney constitutionally conduct a frisk of Eubanks, for officer safety, prior to questioning him?

Answer: No, not under the facts provided. Shoplifters are not known to carry weapons, thus, the nature of the crime would not justify a frisk. Officer Courtney would have to articulate some facts and circumstances that would lead a reasonable officer to believe that Eubanks was armed.

Some examples include a bulge that appears to be a weapon; reaching as if reaching for a weapon; the nature of the crime suspected; prior knowledge that this individual is known to carry weapons or reliable information that the suspect is presently carrying weapons.

PoliceLink School Finder

Save time in your search for a degree program. Use PoliceLink's School Finder to locate schools online and in your area.

* In the event that we cannot find a program from one of our partner schools that matches your specific area of interest, we may show schools with similar or unrelated programs.