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Actually, Officer, No.

Officer Unclear on the Concept strikes again.

 

Dispatched to a diabetic male, unable to walk.  On arrival witnesses state a man seemed tired and has now walked over 100 meters.

When they finally caught up with the tired looking man he was accompanied by a police officer.

“What seems to be the trouble tonight Sir?” Rescuers ask.

“Nothing, why?  Why all the attention?” He asks.

“Maybe this isn’t the right patient?” One medic asks themselves out loud, trying to figure out why they are chasing this man.

“Hold on, Pal,” says the Officer, “I’m not letting you go anywhere until you sign their refusal.”

 

Officer, that decision does not have you in it.  You can not require it, request it or use it as leverage.  If the person in question is being detained for law enforcement reasons we are more than happy to perform an evaluation.  However, if the person is not being detained, held, or in any other way involved with law enforcement, there is no point where your badge can require a patient refusal document for a person to continue on.

That decision is between us and them and has zero impact on their ability to continue on where they want to go unless you have another reason.

Please feel free to stand nearby and see your concerns melt away, but please don’t use your authority on my behalf when I’m not there.

 

Respectfully,

The Medics you called

 

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