24.00.050   PRISONERS AT MEDICAL CARE FACILITIES                    (CALEA 70.3.2)


If a prisoner is transported to or from a medical care facility for treatment, an armed officer will accompany them.  The officer will maintain in visual contact with the prisoner as much as possible, and will always maintain good security practices.  The officer should evaluate a suspect's security risk based on criminal background, the nature of the offense, physical condition, mental condition, and statements and actions observed.  Officers may have to accompany a security risk prisoner in an EMS vehicle or ambulance during transport, or may accompany a non-security risk prisoner by following the aid unit in a separate vehicle.


If the prisoner is unrestrained while being treated, officers shall use caution.  They should guard against any possible escape or an assault/hostage situation of any medical personnel or other patients.


Subjects in custody on our charges, who due to illness or injury are being housed as an in-patient in a medical care facility, will be the responsibility of this Department unless custody has been relinquished to King County Jail (See furlough procedures).


If the suspect is a security risk, it may be necessary for a guard to be posted to maintain custody and security of the prisoner.  Prisoner security details will be organized by an on-duty supervisor who will keep the on-duty Watch Commander updated.


Supervisors will need to arrange for regular rotation of officers to prevent fatigue.


When released from treatment, information regarding the prisoner’s condition should be obtained from medical staff and documented.  All instructions for future treatment and medication should be obtained in writing and signed by the attending physicians.  Before transport, the prisoner should be searched and restrained.