A frisk is an action by an officer on a person whom the officer has briefly detained, as described above. The scope of the frisk is merely for officer safety and to search for weapons in the outer clothing. The courts have held that it is reasonable for an officer who has reason to believe, and can articulate, that the person detained is armed and believes his personal safety is in jeopardy, the officer may “pat down” or frisk the outer clothing of the person for weapons only. If a weapon is found, the officer may seize the weapon during the duration of the stop.
The world of criminal activity is a dangerous place. Officers risk their lives daily as they serve to keep our communities safe. “Stop and frisk,” a reasonable search and seizure with strict guidelines, helps to keep our public and officers safe.
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