Secure a female subject before a same-sex search
In agencies where opposite-sex searches are taboo, women officers are often called to a scene to search a female suspect or offender. If you are that female officer, make sure whoever is requesting you has the suspect controlled before your arrival. When you pull up, the “bad girl” now knows she’s getting searched and may be going to jail, so she may try to access a weapon, start a brawl or even panic and run. If you get to the scene and the subject of your search is not yet under control, park your vehicle in a position of cover and communicate with the officers on the scene to get her (and her purse, if she has one) secure before you approach. If the male officers on your shift habitually don’t secure females before calling you over to search, talk to them about the situation and let them know, cop-to-cop, about your tactical concerns. Keep it light, avoid harsh criticism, and make sure you articulate that you’re concerned about everyone’s safety, not just your own.