City Santa Maria Police Department

Index: Narcotics, Medical Treatment for Swallowing of

MEDICAL TREATMENT OF PERSON(S) SUSPECTED OF

SWALLOWING NARCOTICS OR DANGEROUS DRUGS

I. POLICY

To ensure safe and humane medical treatment of any person(s) suspected of swallowing

narcotics or dangerous drugs.

II. PURPOSE

To establish guidelines that will ensure safe dealings with all persons that are suspected of

swallowing narcotics or dangerous drugs.

III. DEFINITIONS

A. Narcotics or dangerous drugs

Any substance, synthetic, natural, organic, or any other composition that is capable of altering the human body chemistry in a manner that could cause injury or death to the person.

IV. PROCEDURE

A. When an arrestee, or any other person in your care and control, swallows or is suspected of swallowing any narcotic or dangerous drug, that person shall be transported to the nearest medical facility for treatment. As soon as is practical, the Watch Commander or Supervisor shall be notified. When available, that transportation can be by ambulance. After the person has been treated, he/she may be booked or released in a manner that is appropriate for the circumstances.

B. When a booking occurs, Officers shall indicate the arrestee's condition in the "special medical problems" box of the Santa Barbara County Jail Booking Form. In addition, the transporting Officer shall notify the Jail personnel of the arrestee's medical condition and provide a copy of the arrestee's medical release form.

C. If the arrestee refuses medical treatment and the circumstances are such that the hospital will not sign a medical release, the Officer will indicate this fact in the "special medical problems" box of the Booking Form and advise jail personnel.

D. Circumstances shall be documented in the arrest report or incident/crime report. A copy of the hospital release form will be attached to the report.

V. RESPONSIBILITY

A. All personnel shall familiarize themselves with and comply with all aspects of this policy.

B. Supervisors shall ensure compliance of all personnel with this policy.

DANIEL L. SHINER

Chief of Police

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