HOW TO PERFORM A FELONY STOP
By: Roman Archer
Felony Stops are the last thing we as Law Enforcement Officer's want to do. It's a dangerous way to apprehend a suspect in this type of way, however the following steps will ensure that you are safe during this dangerous apprehension. Remember that this is NOT how you pull someone over for a regular misdemeanor traffic violation. This is only if the suspect has committed a felony in front of you or another deputy, or if they have a warrant for their arrest. This should be the last thing on your mind, however it'll eventually happen. Please read through this a few times so you can understand how to perform one correctly when it comes.
Step 1: Pull the suspect over
First off, every felony stop can be identified in 2 ways: Either by coincidence, or by knowing you'll have to perform one.
Pull over the suspect onto the side of the road and make sure they have their engine off. There are two ways of doing this:YOU DONT KNOW THEY'RE WANTED
If you do not know that the person is wanted, simply let them turn their engine off. Then continue to run their name by their license plate. Once you have ran their license plate, exit the vehicle and ask them for their ID, just to make sure the vehicle is registered to them. After this is done, you can go back to your cruiser and continue to check their record. Once you figure out that they may be wanted, or you simply saw something in their vehicle such as a weapon, you can continue by requesting backup. Wait until the backup arrives, and do not perform the felony stop until someone has arrived. If nobody else is on duty, it is advised that you do not continue with the felony stop, and treat it as a traffic stop instead. If you absolutely must conduct a felony stop by yourself, it is advised that there be no more than 1 person in the suspects vehicle.YOU KNOW THEY'RE WANTED
If you do know the person is wanted, let them know to wait in their vehicle. Continue by requesting backup over your radio with the proper request format, which can be found here for a felony stop. Wait until the backup arrives, and do not perform the felony stop until someone has arrived. If nobody else is on duty, it is advised that you do not continue with the felony stop, and treat it as a traffic stop instead. If you absolutely must conduct a felony stop by yourself, it is advised that there be no more than 1 person in the suspects vehicle.
Step 2: Wait until backup arrives, then begin using your megaphone to give orders to the suspect.
Once your backup has arrived, you may then proceed to turning both vehicles at a 45 degree angle towards each other to give each officer as much cover as possible when you guys exit your vehicles. Make sure that all vehicles coming to the location of the felony stop can go around, or turn around for their own safety. Civilians have the right to standby on the side, however you may request for them to leave or distance themselves from the scene.
Step 3: Wait for Backup
Once backup has arrived, you may then proceed to giving instructions to the driver of the vehicle. These instructions are simple, and are meant to make the job as easy as possible for deputies.
Stay in your vehicles, and then begin to call out commands through the vehicle loudspeaker.
1.) Begin to use your megaphone (( Roleplay using it first, then you can talk ))
2.) Begin instructions below
- Driver - Throw the vehicle keys out from the vehicle and place your hands up above your head.
- Driver - Open the driver door with your left hand, then place both hands out.
- Driver - Exit the vehicle and face away from us
- Driver - Take two steps to the left, and three steps back
- Driver - Get on the ground
- Continue then with each passenger in the car.
3.) Make sure to do all of this in your cruiser. Do not get out until the suspect is on the ground.
Step 4: Now the suspect is in position
Now that the suspect is on the ground, and cannot move, all deputies begin to exit their vehicles with their weapons aimed at all suspects involved. Weapons used in this situation can vary, you may use your regular sidearm, a taser, shotgun, or M4. Big weapons such as the Shotgun or M4 will be only permitted by 1 or 2 deputies on the scene, everyone else must use their sidearm or taser.
Step 5: Move in
Everyone is ready with their weapons, exit your vehicle and keep your weapon aimed at the suspects on the ground. Move in slowly until you are near the suspect. While you are moving in, inform at least one other officer to check the vehicle whilst everyone is moving in.
Step 6: Execute the arrest.
Now that you're near the suspect, pin the suspect down to the ground (( /camera 2 )), and kick away any weapons that they may have near them. Once you are ready to do so, handcuff the suspect (( /handcuff )) and keep them on the ground. Go ahead and frisk them for any illegal weapons or narcotics. If any is found on them, simply throw it to the side until you're done frisking them. Make sure you also find an ID on them. You must have at least 1 or 2 deputies near you at all times after one of them have checked the vehicle for any additional passengers hiding, weapons, bombs, etc.