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Updated on September 4th, 2022

A team of four (4) students will simulate a high risk traffic stop related to a felony offense. Students will utilize two (2) patrol vehicles to accurately and safely detain suspects (actors) in the simulation. Students will demonstrate their skills through proper radio communications, verbal commands and execution the felony stop based upon contemporary applicable skills. To encourage students to develop the skill sets, communication skills and safety precautions required by police officers as they conduct a felony traffic stop. Students will be able to demonstrate safety skills, proper handling of dangerous persons and work as an effective team.


Dress Code

Competitors shall wear a uniform consistent with current standards in law enforcement patrol as defined in TPSA policies. The student shall wear a duty belt throughout the duration of this event.

Teams Information

Team Size
4
# Competitors per Team
Team Limit
1
# Teams per Chapter

Materials

Competitors are required to provide the following materials for the duration of the competitive event. Additionally, no additional materials may be used that are not in the material list.

  • Photo Identification qt. 1

    Reference https://tpsa.info/policies for more information

  • All competing teams will be required to supply their own equipment needs, i.e. utility belts, training guns, handcuffs with key and any other similar equipment required by uniformed personnel. qt. 1

Policies

  • Competitors in this event must be active members of the Texas Public Safety Association and in good standing with the Texas Public Safety Association.
  • Competitors must be familiar with and adhere to the Texas Public Safety Association Bylaws and Code of Conduct.
  • Plagiarism, copyright violation and falsification of information are prohibited. Any attempt to gain an unfair advantage will not be tolerated. Violation of the code of conduct or bylaws will result in disqualification and revocation of Texas Public Safety Association membership.
  • The scenario is a secret topic. Professional ethics demand that competitors DO NOT discuss or reveal the secret topic until after the event has concluded. Violation of the ethics rules will result in disqualification and revocation of Texas Public Safety Association membership.
  • Each team is allowed a Twenty (20) minute time limit.
  • Judge(s) will stop the event once the Twenty (20) minutes have expired.
  • Students will be judged on proper radio procedures, officer safety, weapons safety, lawful and effective search/seizure and teamwork.
  • There will be 2-3 actors (suspects) and the scenario will remain constant for each competing team.
  • A physical address or description will be provided to each team so they can relay proper information to dispatch.
  • Judge(s) have final decision on all judging criteria
  • All vehicles will be put in place, no student is allowed to operate any of the vehicles.

Procedures

  1. Competitor(s)/Team(s) will report to their respective event when called for or at a set reporting time.
  2. Competitor(s)/Team(s) must check in with event management upon arrival and present photo identification for verification.
  3. Competitor(s)/Team(s) will be directed (by room moderator) into the event room.
  4. Instructions will be given (by room moderator) to the Competitor(s)/Team(s).
  5. Time will begin once the student makes radio contact advising they are conducting a felony stop.
  6. Competitors will return to their staging area once the event has concluded.

People

  • Event Managerqt. 1
  • Room Moderatorqt. 1
  • Judgeqt. 2
  • Event Assistantqt. 1
  • Actorqt. 3

Supplies

  • Patrol Vehicles equipped with light bar/ siren/ PA system qt. 2
  • Civilian Vehicle (if keyless entry, keys must be available to the actor for use in simulation) qt. 1
  • Any weapons or simulated contraband required as part of the scenario for the actor(s). qt. 1

Space/Location/Rooms

  • Large Concrete Area Outdoor

    Concrete outdoor area with enough room to accomodate 2 patrol vehicles and 1 civilian vehicle in a standard high risk traffic stop formation. This event will be conducted outdoors regardless of weather conditions.


Event Name
Felony Traffic Stop
ScoringPlacement
Point BasedHighest Score Wins
CriteriaLoHi

Pre-Contact

NOTIFY DISPATCH (Unit #, “Felony Stop”, Location, Vehicle Plate/Description, # of Occupants, Reason for Stop/Felony (if known), Request Backup unit)07
Use of emergency equipment (use of lights/siren unless instructed by judge)02

1st Suspect Contact

Use of verbal commands (clear, concise, effective – One officer giving instructions at a time)05
Uses proper cover05
Proper weapons handling05
Removes one occupant/suspect at a time while back-up officers monitor vehicle/remaining vehicle occupants05
Positions suspect behind patrol vehicle headlights (to include the trunk of the patrol car) before handcuffing05
Safe handcuffing technique (kneeling/prone position, positive control of suspect, maintains control of suspect until secured in patrol vehicle)05
Suspect search incident to arrest (Full Systematic Search completed before exercise is complete. May complete a High-Risk Search first to secure all suspects safely but must go back and complete Full Systematic Search).05
Properly/safely secure contraband from suspect search.05

2nd Suspect Contact (If no 2nd suspect, all scores 0)

Use of verbal commands (clear, concise, effective – One officer giving instructions at a time)05
Uses proper cover05
Proper weapons handling05
Removes one occupant/suspect at a time while back-up officers monitor vehicle/remaining vehicle occupants05
Positions suspect behind patrol vehicle headlights (to include the trunk of the patrol vehicle) before handcuffing05
Safe handcuffing technique (kneeling/prone position, positive control of suspect, maintains control of suspect until secured in patrol vehicle)05
Suspect search incident to arrest (Full Systematic Search completed before exercise is complete. May complete a High-Risk Search first to secure all suspects safely but must go back and complete Full Systematic Search).05
Properly/safely secure contraband from suspect search05

3rd Suspect Contact (If no 3rd suspect, all scores 0)

Use of verbal commands (clear, concise, effective – 1 officer giving instructions)05
Uses proper cover05
Proper weapons handling05
Removes one occupant/suspect at a time while back-up officers monitor vehicle/remaining vehicle occupants05
Positions suspect behind patrol vehicle headlights (to include the trunk of the patrol vehicle) before handcuffing05
Safe handcuffing technique (kneeling/prone position, positive control of suspect, maintains control of suspect until secured in patrol vehicle)05
Suspect search incident to arrest (Full Systematic Search completed before exercise is complete. May complete a High-Risk Search first to secure all suspects safely but must go back and complete Full Systematic Search).05
Properly/safely secure contraband from suspect search05

Vehicle Search

Safe movement to vehicle (all officers maintain proper weapons handling and observe fields of fire – no cross fire situations.)05
Perform initial visual search of the vehicle for additional suspects in a safe manner (no crossfires, ensures trunk is shut/locked during initial approach, clears backseat, clears front seat)05
Proper weapons handling of any weapons located.05
Officer advises dispatch that vehicle is clear and suspects are in custody (including number of suspects)03
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