Student will “book in” an inmate in a safe manner, properly search the inmate, inventory property, and fingerprint the inmate. The purpose of the Inmate Processing event is to improve the students’ knowledge of the process to book in an inmate properly.

Participant Limit Information

Registration Limit
# Individuals per Chapter

Dress Code

Competitors shall wear a uniform consistent with current standards in law enforcement patrol. The student shall not wear a duty belt throughout the duration of this event.


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

  • Photo Identification qt. 1

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  • Gloves qt. 1
  • Handcuff Key qt. 1
  • Black Ink Pen qt. 1


  • 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.
  • A twenty (20) minute maximum time limit has been set for the scenario.
  • If a student fails to find a weapon or places themselves in an unsafe situation, they will be disqualified.
  • Inmate will already be handcuffed when entering the room.


  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. The moderator will set a timer for 20 minutes.
  6. The moderator will start the timer when the inmate is escorted into the room, then the Competitor(s)/Team(s) will:
    1. Safely search the inmate and handle any weapons or contraband found.
    2. Properly fill out an inventory form of the inmate’s belongings.
    3. Properly fingerprint an inmate and receive clear fingerprints.

Staff Instructions


  • Judgeqt. 3
  • Managerqt. 1
  • Moderatorqt. 1
  • Actorqt. 1


  • Large Room Indoor


  • Booking station that includes fingerprint card holder and an ink pad qt. 1
  • Handcuffs qt. 1
  • Weapon if used in the scenario qt. 1
  • Disinfectant wipes qt. 1
  • Cleaning supplies to remove ink from inmate qt. 1
  • Inventory form qt. 1
  • Inmate fingerprint card qt. 1
  • Rubric/Score Sheets qt. 1
  • Writing Utensil qt. 1

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