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    I seem to have an extra special idiot supervisor who is advocating single officers to transport prisoners to jail, hospitals or mental health facilities in an effort to save OT or just in general to keep more personel on the road.

    Does not matter sex crimminal record or attitude. For now I have convinced the higher uos then he that this is an idiotic idea, and requested the higher up's for a policy on same which they have refused to do.

    Can any one email me sample policies they have on prisoner transports.
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    Originally posted by kjk203 View Post
    I seem to have an extra special idiot supervisor who is advocating single officers to transport prisoners to jail, hospitals or mental health facilities in an effort to save OT or just in general to keep more personel on the road......
    This sort of stupidity by any supervisor WILL, one day, result in personnel not being available for work when the escorting officer is injured as a result of a prisoner "going off". Your supervisor must be having a 'brain fart' regarding officer safety because that would be the only way to explain this stupidity.

    Over here our crews work 2 up when patrolling and when transporting prisoners, depending on the amount of prisoners, there are a minimum of 2 escorting officers.
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    • #3
      when I worked in the jails there was never a time any inmate was moved for any reason by one- there was always two or more.
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      • #4
        Our officers always transport prisoners to the jail,hospital or mental facilities as a single officer unit. The only exception would be a combative prisoner. Almost every agency that shows up at county jail is the same way..... not enough resources out there to send two officers with every prisoner or tranpsort unless there are reasons to support it.

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        • #5
          UNO POLICIA. The only time I have transported with another officer is when I an acting as an FTO.
          Being a good street cop is like coming to work in a wet suit and peeing in your pants. It's a nice warm feeling, but you're the only one who knows anything has happened.

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          • #6
            we had a deputy murdered 1 yr ago at age 76 doing a transport
            of a prisoner charged with life felony- paul rein ( google hisname for more info)
            " if you talk in your sleep, don't mention my name....
            " if you walk in your sleep, forget where you came....

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            • #7
              We always have at least 2 when transporting.
              Don't tase me bro!!

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              • #8
                We transport to Jail solo with the bad guy in the back seat behind the cage and in handcuffs behind the back. If a guy is being stupid, 2 guys will go. We pull into a bay at the county and if there is a problem guy, corrections deputies will be waiting for us.

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                • #9
                  We mostly do single deputy transports... of coarse two will transport if officer safety is an issue... OT is cheaper than paying for a work related injury
                  ...Did you call the Boys in Blue or the Man in Tan?

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                  • #10
                    We do single officer transports from point of arrest to the station for processing. We also do single officer transports to jail, unless the subject is being a butthead. Another exception would be if it's an opposite sex transport and the cruiser video system is out of service. We double up there as a CYA.

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                    • #11
                      We almost always transport as single man units with up to 9 inmates UNLESS-
                      a) one is classified as administrative segregation or
                      b) one or more are female, then it depends on staffing levels and work load.

                      Any more than 9 go in a bus with two deputies.

                      Paul Rein- good guy giving back to society. God Speed. May your assailant rot in hell.

                      WTF is a 76 year old deputy doing transporting an inmate doing life without full waist chains and leg irons???
                      Last edited by sinned; 09-02-2008, 05:01 AM.

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                      • #12
                        What the devil was a 76 year old guy doing in LE period? I dont care how many service stripes he had on his cuffs, someone that old should have been given mandatory retirement years ago!

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                        • #13
                          It definitely seems like an officer safety issue. In efforts to scrimp and pinch money in all areas possible, it is sad to see safety being compromised.

                          One of the agencies I work with just submitted a grant for a multi-agency video system that allows inmates to participate in court hearings and such directly from the jail. This eliminates the need to transport prisoners back and forth, lessens the risk against officers, cuts the price for fuel and OT being used for those officers to shuttle the prisoners back and forth, as well as speeds up the court.

                          I know sometimes there is no getting around it, and the inmates have to be moved, but I think this video system is an excellent idea, and I would love to see it employed elsewhere.

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                          • #14
                            Officers that have had the luxury of having things like two person units and cages in your vehicles for transporting need to remember that there are a lot of us who have never had those things. When agencies go looking for ways to save time or money they are going to notice what others have been doing - especially if it's been done for a long time without a noticable problem.

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                            • #15
                              We transport up to 2 prisoners (in a cage, usually, we do have a couple un-caged cars), with ONLY 1 officer. That's how its been done.
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