protective search

Definition of "protective search"
  1. A procedure carried out by a member of law enforcement designed to prevent threats to safety, such as the possession of a hidden weapon, or at times to stop the eradication of evidence
How to use "protective search" in a sentence
  1. The police officer conducted a protective search of the suspect to check for hidden weapons.
  2. Before entering the premises, a protective search was done to ensure the safety of the officers.
  3. In order to prevent the destruction of potential evidence, the investigator performed a protective search.

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