24.00.030 SPECIAL TRANSPORT SITUATIONS (CALEA 70.3.3)
This agency operates a six-hour holding facility. Under no circumstances shall members of this Department provide transportation of prisoners from our facility to:
v A medical or dental appointment
v Attend funerals
v Visit ill persons
v Attend the reading of a will
v Any other personal function
When the need arises to transport a Department prisoner from Issaquah Jail under any of the above circumstances, an on-duty supervisor should be notified to ensure adequate staffing is available for such use. Transportation of prisoners from Issaquah Jail under any of the above circumstances shall be by an armed officer.
Sick, Injured, and Disabled Prisoners (CALEA 70.3.1 & .2)
Any prisoner complaining of sickness or injury, or who, in the judgment of the officer, appears to be sick or injured, whether complaining of same or not, will be treated as follows:
v The prisoner will, if possible, be processed and released in the field if a full booking procedure is not absolutely necessary.
v The transporting officer will request Fire EMS to respond to the prisoner's location. Based upon EMS recommendation, the prisoner will be administered first aid by the aid crew, or transported to a hospital emergency room. If prisoners have insurance providing medical care at a local medical care facility, they may be treated by that facility, if they request and it is practical to do so.
v The sick or injured prisoner will be transported to a medical care facility by the EMS vehicle or ambulance. An officer will accompany the prisoner if transported by EMS vehicle or ambulance.
v The transporting officer will write a report to document any medical attention or first aid given to a prisoner, including the dates, times, places, and names of the provider(s). The report will be filed with the case report. A copy of the EMS unit report will be included in the case if EMS units are able to provide it.
v If a prisoner requires hospitalization or dies in custody, a supervisor will be immediately notified. The supervisor will then make a determination if a command officer will be notified immediately.
A sick or injured prisoner will be transported in a police vehicle only after clearance by EMS personnel or an examining physician. Transport of a sick or injured prisoner in restraints in a police vehicle is a decision left to the transporting officer.
A sick or injured prisoner in custody for a crime of violence will be restrained as much as is consistent with their sickness or injury. Any sick or injured prisoner transported in a police vehicle must have their hands handcuffed behind their back or handcuffed in front utilizing a belly chain or functional equivalent.
If a prisoner is so physically and/or mentally handicapped that the officer feels the prisoner cannot be safely transported in a police vehicle, EMS vehicle, or ambulance, an alternative means of transport, such as the prisoner van may be considered. The officer will notify the on-duty supervisor of such decision.
Prior to transporting a physically or mentally handicapped prisoner or a prisoner wearing a prosthetic device to a custodial facility, other than our own, the transporting officer should contact that facility and advise them of the prisoner's condition so that any special arrangements may be made at the facility prior to the prisoner's arrival. Wheelchairs or crutches may be transported in the police vehicle, but will not be placed in that portion of the vehicle used to confine the prisoner. Additionally, prosthetic limbs that may be readily removed by the prisoner should be transported outside the prisoner confinement area.
Prisoner Identification and Documentation (CALEA 70.5.1)
Any officer assigned to transport a prisoner from the Department holding facility to another facility will visually confirm that the prisoner matches the physical description listed in the booking log. Officers should also verbally confirm the prisoner's identity by asking their name and date of birth, or other personal information.
A prisoner transported to any facility based on a court order must be accompanied by a copy of such a court order. Any prisoner removed from a facility, taken to court, and returned to the same facility needs no other documentation than a copy of any court order issued.
A copy of the case/crime report must accompany persons taken into custody and transported to a mental health facility, pursuant to the Involuntary Commitment/Mental Health Act, whether the person is transported by ambulance or police vehicle.
Officers transporting prisoners to court will check with a PSO or the Court to determine if there is any information to be delivered to the court with the prisoner. If there is a court packet, it must be delivered to the court clerk when the prisoner arrives.
Any officer assigned to transport a prisoner to a facility outside King County, but within the State of Washington, will phone such facility to ascertain what documents are required by that facility, and secure such documents prior to transporting the prisoner. The only exception is the Snohomish County Jail.
Any time an officer takes someone into custody and makes a field transfer to another agency, it shall be the officer's responsibility to see that the officer from the other agency is verbally apprised of any information concerning the mental or physical state of the prisoner or any officer safety issues related to the prisoner.
Bookings in Other Jurisdictions (CALEA 70.1.6)
An officer transporting a prisoner to another facility shall comply with the regulations of that facility.
The officer shall secure their weapon(s) prior to allowing a prisoner to exit the vehicle
Officers will secure their weapons before entering any security perimeter of any jail/holding facility
Handcuffs or other restraining devices shall not be removed until the prisoner is within the security perimeter of that facility. In many cases, the receiving agency shall determine when restraining devices shall be removed.
An officer transporting a prisoner from one facility to another shall provide all documents required by the accepting facility (per contractual agreements), and will further provide any special notations on the prisoner's health, behavior, potential for escape, or propensity to violence.
If the transporting officer has the prisoner's property, the prisoner or the officer must sign the property release section of the property receipt before leaving the property with the accepting facility.
In the event of a long transport during an extradition, transporting officers may permit the prisoner to have meals. Selection of the type meal and the location of the eating facility should be random to diminish the likelihood of escape.
Feeding prisoners in transit may require summoning assistance from other agencies to ensure adequate security. Whenever possible, this will be arranged in advance of the transport.
In the event that it is necessary to transport a prisoner via commercial transportation, meals may be provided in conjunction with the carrier's regular schedule. Officers will continue to ensure that food, containers, and eating utensils are not capable of being used as weapons, and that the best possible security is maintained.
When an officer intends to transport a citizen in a Department vehicle, for the purpose of providing a citizen assist, or other non-criminal matters, the transporting officer may ask for permission to search that subject solely for the purpose of maintaining officer safety. Such persons should be asked for permission to conduct a frisk or pat down search for weapons. The transporting officer should inform the citizen that this is for safety purposes only, and refusal to submit to such a search may cause the officer to refuse transportation.