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Frisk

A term used in Criminal Law to refer to the superficial running of the hands over the body of an individual by a law enforcement agent or official in order to determine whether such individual is holding an illegal object, such as a weapon or narcotics. A frisk is distinguishable from a search, which is a more extensive examination of an individual.

Cross-references

Stop and Frisk.

frisk

v. quickly patting down the clothes of a possible criminal suspect to determine if there is a concealed weapon. This police action is generally considered legal (constitutional) without a search warrant. Generally it is preferred that women officers frisk women and men officers frisk men.

frisk

verb check, conduct a search, examine, examine closely, examine intently, explore, hunt, hunt through, investigate, lascivire, look into, look over, look through, peer into, poke into, probe, pry into, rake through, review, salire, scan, scour, scrutinize, search one's pockets, search through, seek, subject to scrutiny
Associated concepts: reasonable belief that safety requires a patting down, search, stop and frisk
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Last week, Vadra had in a statement, questioned why his name was not being removed from the elite no- frisking list at airports and wondered if it was a conspiracy to malign his image.
Frisking, random searches and checking of identity cards by Indian police and paramilitary personnel could be witnessed at several places in Srinagar.
Besides, the Government of India slapped a show cause notice to the US-based Continental Airlines for violating guidelines, in the wake of airliner's "unpardonable" act of frisking of former President A P J Abdul Kalam at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi.
Earlier, Continental Airlines had clarified that it didn't insult Kalam by frisking rather it was done following American aviation policy to frisk everyone, including VIPs and VVIPs.
Earlier, Continental Airlines had issued a public apology for subjecting Kalam to a security frisking at the airport prior to his boarding a US-bound flight of Continental Airlines on April 21.
Continental Airlines had clarified that it didn't insult Kalam by frisking rather it was done following American aviation policy to frisk everyone, including VIPs and VVIPs.
LOK Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar has called an emergency meeting of the Committee on Security, headed by Deputy Speaker Kariya Munda, on Monday to discuss frisking of MPs.
Photo: (color) Tom Falconer and his son, Matthew, are upset with Saugus High School's graduation frisking policy.
Meanwhile, the police and troops have intensified frisking in Srinagar and other major towns of the occupied territory.
This is the reason for the frisking and the new move," Sumaiya Al Balushi, a lawyer, told Times of Oman.
The women contingent of the BSF is well trained and comprises of 50 women constables, who are responsible for patrolling, frisking and interrogating local women.
Officers who suspect subjects may be armed should handcuff them before frisking or searching them.