What to Do When You are Stopped by Police
Your Safety is Important to Us
If you are stopped by a police officer, taking the actions suggested below will likely lead to a brief, positive, and safe encounter for both you and the officer.
What are some reasons police might stop me?
Generally, because you:
- Are in the area where a crime just occurred
- Witness a crime
- Fit the description of a suspect
- Have been pointed out as a suspect
- Appear to need assistance
- Violate a law
What should I consider if I am stopped?
- Officers may not be stopping you for the same reason you think
- Over-reaction and/or lack of cooperation will complicate the situation
- Police are trained to remain in a position that will enhance officer safety
- Actions and communications are not intended to offend you
What actions should I take if I'm approached by a police officer?
- Follow the officer's instructions
- Keep your hands clearly visible
- Make slow and deliberate movements
- Cooperation can greatly reduce the time you are detained
Be aware that if you are suspected of being armed, the police officer is allowed to frisk you for weapons to ensure the safety of everyone present. If you approach officers on a crime scene calmly ask to speak with them after they secure the scene. If you are armed with any weapon, in a calm and quiet voice tell them WITHOUT reaching for it. Your perception may not be what the officer sees and is dealing with, Don't endanger yourself or others by just assuming you can tell what is happening.
STAYING SAFE AT HOME.
During any time of year there is a risk of thefts and burglaries. Here are a few tips to help keep yourself and your family safe and secure.
- Keep your doors and windows locked. Too, often, criminals get into houses through unlocked doors and windows.
- Close garage doors when not in use even when you are just in the backyard.
- Consider installing solid core entry doors with reinforced doorframes and dead bolt locks.
- Identify a "safe room" inside your home where residents can go in an emergency, This room should be have reinforced doors and an exit to the outside and a telephone.
- Always verify by telephone that the person works for the company they say they represent and has been sent for a reason. A peephole with a 180-degree viewing angle is excellent for you to verify who is on the other side of the door.
- Never open your door to anyone you do not know. Exterior lighting provides additional protection from intruders. Remember that criminals may hide in the shadows.
- Always acknowledge a caller at your door to determine who they are and what they want. Some burglars ring the doorbell, and if there is no answer, they break in.
- Always use your alarm and upgrade your system to include a motion sensor in the master bedroom.
- Avoid storing large amounts of cash and the bringing home of business deposits.