A fugitive recovery agent, or commonly called a bounty hunter or bail bondsman, is a professional who is tasked to tracking and apprehending fugitives. Fugitives which are being tracked by a bail bondsman are also referred to as “bail jumpers” since they are wanted for failure to appear for a court trial. There is a distinct difference between this type of fugitive recovery agent and one such as the US Marshal service who can be called in to track and apprehend outstanding wanted criminals by other law enforcement agencies such as the FBI.
The art of bounty hunting is one which is in decline around the world (legally) as only two countries have legal occupations for bounty hunters which include only the United States of America and the Philippines. So how does one safely track and detain a person who is on the run and does not wish to get captured?
Fugitive Recovery Tactics
One of the most important tools employed by the bondsman or bounty hunter tasked to bringing in a wanted person with no intent on being caught is their own brain. Tactical planning and strategic execution are perhaps the most critical part of the job when it comes to staying safe during an apprehension attempt.
Bounty Hunting Equipment
The use of proper equipment also helps to provide a critical advantage in addition to allowing more security measures for those in the field of catching fugitives. Non lethal weapons or Less Than Lethal weapons (LTL) are employed to their fullest extent in the states that allow the use of these various weapon types.
Detention critical items such as handcuffs and car restraints may also be used by a bondsman or bail agent to ensure a safe and efficient transport of the defendant to the police station. Equipment helps to minimize risk, increase safety procedures and enhance instinctual skills for the fugitive recovery agent.