You’ve been assigned to a foot patrol, with a partner, in an area where open-air drug dealing and violence are rampant. Over the past few days, prior to your present shift, there has been at least one shooting each day within or close to your patrol area. Reports issued to your District from the Intelligence Unit say that rival groups of local corner-boys are beefing and the shootings are part of an on-going battle for drug-turf. Your commander told you not to leave the area unless a serious situation occurs and you have to.
While on your patrol, you spot an individual who appears heavily intoxicated attempting to walk down the street. You observe the individual fall down twice within about 45 seconds, and the individual has barely made 5 feet in this time. You know it is not uncommon to see drug addicts, especially heroin users, in this area because of the presence of the drug markets.
You and your partner decide to go talk to this individual. After approaching the suspect, you realize that he is in bad shape. His elbows, knees, and hands have open wounds (probably from falling down). It’s a 90 degree day in the middle of August and the subject is wearing a winter coat with no shirt underneath and khaki cargo shorts that are too large for him and keep falling down. The subject is also wearing large steel-toed work boots, but they have no shoe laces and barely stay on his feet when he takes a step.
During your conversation with him you learn that he does not speak English. Thankfully your partner speaks Spanish. After the individual falls down several times in your presence and has his eyes roll into the back of his head, you decide to frisk him for your own safety. In your search you uncover a about $5 worth of heroin, a burnt spoon that you know the subject uses to prepare his drugs, and a few empty syringes. Lucky for you they were capped. The man also has about $75 cash in his pocket that you suspect that he may use to buy more drugs in the area.
How would you handle this situation? Why?
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