Can a male policeman patdown a female suspect in PA?
1 Answer from Attorneys
Absolutely. The justification for a pat down of a suspect is to allow the police officer to perform a cursory search for weapons, ultimately for the officers protection.
To make an exception where a male officer is not able to perform a pat down on a female suspect would essentially create a rule that a male police officer is not permitted to take preventative protective measures against female suspects.