The first step to take when supervising detainee operations is to conduct a preliminary search. Search captives for weapons, ammunition, items of intelligence, items of value and any other inappropriate items.
The preliminary search is the first step in supervising detainee operations. The following four steps can be remembered because they all begin with the letter "s." Safeguarding means preventing further injury and giving medical care if needed. Silence prevents communication among detainees. Speed is a requirement of international law to get prisoners away from the battle area to safety. Segregation is conducted based on rank, gender, nationality and status.