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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.


Stop and 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.


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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From sudden cordon and search operations to frisking, everything is happening in Downtown Srinagar these days,' said Reyaz Ahmad, a resident of Nowhatta.
Frisking, random searches and checking of identity cards by Indian police and paramilitary personnel could be witnessed at several places in Srinagar.
He felt that frisking lawyers would be like belittling them.
Schwartz told them that he couldn't imagine frisking a woman that way, she says.
Claims that customs' searches are racially prompted are not new, and almost 100 black women in Chicago have filed a class- action lawsuit against the US Customs Service claiming they were singled out for frisking because of their race and gender and there are also lawsuits pending in several other US cities.
That decision, however, must not be interpreted by the police as a green light for indiscriminate, arbitrary stopping and frisking, or for any other unworthy purpose.
CONGRESS President Sonia Gandhi's son- in- law Robert Vadra, who is in the elite no frisking list at the domestic airports, once again pressed the government to stop extending the favour to him.
In Srinagar, barricades and checkpoints have been set up at various places including Sonawar, TRC, Dalgate, Khanyar, Soura, Eidgah, Budshah Bridge, Batamaloo, Qamarwari, Bemina, Hyderpora, Barzulla and Rambagh while Indian troops and police personnel could be seen frisking pedestrians and vehicles.
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.
NEW DELHI, November 14, 2011 (Balochistan Times): The United States has apologised to former Indian President APJ Abdul Kalam for subjecting him to frisking at New Yorks JFK Airport, an incident that had provoked sharp reactions from India which threatened retaliatory action, Indian media reported on Sunday.