This establishes who you are, who your work for, the purpose of the contact and serves to elicit aresponse from the person contacted. It is not an interrogation, it is a professional encounter. It does notneed to specify the name of the agency behind the front door or the criticality of the asset.While it is reasonable to approach an individual taking photographs or otherwise documenting asensitive facility, we must understand that their conduct is usually protected and our conduct must beabove reproach. Due to the varying legal framework that
prohibit photography of certain facilities, Ileave it to the reader to ensure they are appropriately versed on what course of action they
The following should serve as a guideline for establishing policies and procedures whenresponding to incidents. Be aware that different jurisdictions may apply differing standards and criteriato engage in a stop and talk, field interview or other activity; consult with the appropriate members of your legal staff and/or prosecutor before implementing any changes when a question exists.
Observe the individual(s) until and only if such conduct raises a concern directly related to public orfacility safety. You should be able to articulate suspicions or concerns before initiating contact.
Approach in a professional manner. Identify yourself, your agency and the reason for contact. Be awarethat individuals may record the contact. (In most cases, there is no or limited legal basis to prevent themfrom recording you in public)
Attempt to identify the person(s), any affiliations and the purpose of their activity. Remembering thatsuch encounters are voluntary and absent any local law requiring identification, they are free toterminate the contact and leave.
Unless there is reasonable suspicion or probable cause for an arrest exists do not imply the person isbeing detained.
While a request to view images is reasonable, there is no requirement that they provide them ordivulge what they have photographed. A refusal normally would not elevate the contact.
While complete and accurate information collection is strived for, the contact should only continue foras long as reasonably needed in an attempt to identify the person(s) and the legitimacy of their activity.In the end, if the contact does not reveal criminal conduct, the individual(s) should be thanked for theircooperation and allowed to leave.
Remain alert for pre-operational planning; this includes suspicious photography of potentialtargets. Know the law and what is allowed on the part of both the police and public. Document allencounters and ensure suspicious incidents are validated and entered into the appropriate reportingsystem. Be Safe!