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weapons, papers, valuables, and evidence (where he is sus-
pected of having committed a crime). Do not pat while
searching. Thin, flat objects will be missed if this is done.
The searcher should slide his hands over the suspect's entire
body. A weapon may be concealed anywhere.
(2) Offenders believed to be dangerous or who are
charged with serious offenses should be searched by the
wall method of search. (See FM 19-5.)
(3) Personal property taken from offenders during the
period of their detention or confinement is listed in a prop-
erty book. The offender is given a receipt for the property
taken. This receipt is returned to the military police when
the offender is given back his personal effects. (See TM
b. Interrogation. The offender is interrogated im-
mediately after being brought in and searched. Where
practicable, a room should be set apart for questioning
offenders. Personal data is obtained from the offender's
identification tags, pass, and other papers. Any additional
information needed by the military police is obtained by
questioning. If the offender is troublesome and noncooper-
ative, or not in a condition to speak, he should be removed
from the office and confined temporarily, and interviewed
later. For the technique of conducting interrogation, see
TM 19-215 (when published).
c. Booking. The police clerk records the incident in
the desk sergeant's blotter. He lists the personal property
taken from the offender in the property book and gives the
offender a receipt. (See fig. 8.) Arrangements may be
made with the civil police to photograph and fingerprint
persons held by the military police under suspicion of hav-
ing committed serious crimes.
d. Detention. If it is determined that the offender
should remain in custody, he is placed in the detention room
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