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Detroit Officers Oppose Pat Downs Before Entering Prison

October 13, 2015  | 

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Detroit police and Michigan corrections officials plan to meet Tuesday to discuss a controversial policy requiring officers to be patted down before entering the state-run Detroit Detention Center, reports the Detroit News.

Police officials also are investigating two recent incidents in which officers violated the Michigan Department of Corrections policy by bringing weapons into the facility on Mound on Detroit's east side; and whether a recent slowdown in processing detainees was due to officers dragging their feet in defiance of the rule.

The detention center, formerly the Mound Correctional Facility, is where Detroit police officers take criminal suspects to await arraignment. Prior to a 2013 agreement between the state and city to house detainees in the former state prison, officers took them to precinct lockups.

While other states, including Illinois and Ohio, require municipal police to leave behind their weapons before entering corrections facilities, many don't frisk the officers — a practice that has outraged Detroit officers.

"It's a slap in the face," Assistant Chief Steve Dolunt said at a recent meeting of police officials. "We're the cops; we shouldn't have to submit to being frisked."

MDOC spokesman Chris Gautz said changes to the search policy were enacted in June, although officers may have only recently begun enforcing them. Detroit Police were not consulted on the policy change, which affected all of Corrections' facilities.

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kevCopAz @ 10/13/2015 4:24 PM

Wow that sounds like a strange system. The DPD bring folks to a State Correctional location for arraignment? Isn't Detroit in Wayne County? Doesn't the County have jail facilities seems there isn't a reason why a state organization is invalid, they should not get the prisoner until sentenced. Michigan is strange.

Robert @ 10/15/2015 10:32 AM

Q: If the program of pat downs applies to everyone, why would it not apply to police?
A: Because NOTHING upsets police more than being accused or even treated like POTENTIAL criminal.
You can call a LEO just about any name under the sun...and most are professional enough to take it; but you arrest a cop and ask them to be handcuffed or do the 'perp walk' near reporters...and they all loose it.

It is fine to handcuff and pat down citizens..but not the police.

The police response to this procedure tells more about the relationship between police and the citizens who pay their salary...than any anti or pro police rally or demonstration ever will!!

Robert the Retard @ 10/16/2015 3:21 PM

The difference is "Robert" that police pat down and handcuff those accused of a crime....that is why it is fine....the police going into a detention facility are accused of a crime.

Robert @ 10/21/2015 12:26 PM

Nice remark; your intelligence shows in your post thread name.
I assume your last sentence was "police going into a detention facility are NOT accused of a crime....except you seem to forget about the people NOT accused of a crime who must undergo the pat-down.
Defense lawyers, family members, etc....or are you saying that all family members of a person accused of a crime should be considered as criminals or accused?
The way I read the policy is that ALL people now entering the jail must undergo a pat-down.
Do family members attempt to smuggle in contraband...yes some do; but guess what, Police and Corrections officers also attempt to smuggle in contraband. I would think the recent / infamous case in the update NY prison would prove that.
This is about the single most hated thing for a LEO...looking like a criminal....and nothing upsets a LEO more than that.

Randy @ 10/31/2015 9:53 AM

I have to agree, I'm a retired police officer and if everyone gets patted down then everyone gets patted down. Should we feel like criminals when we go to the airports and TSA pats us down? We are all people, citizens, cops, attorney's, well maybe not attorney's....haha There are rules because somebody did something wrong in the past. Here's a fact, about half of all contraband in prisons get there with police or prison guard assistance. So what does that tell you?

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