Frequently Asked Questions

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If I'm stopped by police, and the officer begins to write me a traffic ticket what should I do?

Explain your situation, but remain calm and polite. Don't do anything that would give the officer reason to delay you further or to conduct a search of your vehicle.

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Last updated: 03/02/2015 - 12:28pm

Q847
Once I'm stopped, can a police officer check for other violations?

Yes, a simple traffic stop can result in additional tickets or possible arrest. If you feel that it is not fair, it is best that you take your protest to Traffic Court and challenge it there rather than arguing with the officer.

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Community Relations Board
Category:
Safety

Last updated: 03/02/2015 - 12:28pm

Q848
Why would an officer stop or detain me on the street?

Many factors are taken into consideration by police before they question someone. You may be stopped if you're near an area where a crime has been reported, or which is usually unoccupied. Also, you may have been seen associating with people who are under investigation. Someone may have identified you as a potential suspect.

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Community Relations Board
Category:
Safety

Last updated: 03/02/2015 - 12:28pm

Q849
What should I do if I’m present on a street and the police stop me?

Many problems may be avoided if you remain calm and answer the officer's questions. Sometimes the way you respond can determine whether or not things will escalate. The officer will be alerted to a potential problem if you refuse to answer simple questions, give false or evasive answers, or make contradictory statements. The officer must respect your right not to answer any questions the moment the questions begin to sound like accusations. You should never use abusive language towards the officer.

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Community Relations Board
Category:
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Last updated: 03/02/2015 - 12:28pm

Q850
If the police come to my door, can I refuse to let them in?

Yes, unless they have a signed warrant or are actively pursuing a suspect who has entered your home.

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Community Relations Board
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Safety

Last updated: 03/02/2015 - 12:28pm

Q851
If a police officer comes to my house with a warrant, what should I do?

Ask to see the warrant, read it thoroughly and make sure it is for your specific address. Review the list regarding what is to be searched and remain calm. As long as they present a proper and notarized warrant, the police can legally enter your house.

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Community Relations Board
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Safety

Last updated: 03/02/2015 - 12:28pm

Q852
What can I do if the police do not have a warrant but still insist on searching my house?

Some situations demand prompt police action and in those cases officers may enter your home without a warrant. You may ask them why they are there, for their supervisor's name, and for their badge numbers and officer IDs. You should observe what they look like and document details for your lawyer.

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Community Relations Board
Category:
Safety

Last updated: 03/02/2015 - 12:28pm

Q853
Are officers allowed to search my house without a warrant?

Police may search without a warrant when someone is arrested. They may search the suspect and the area close to where the arrest was made. If the arrest is made in your home, they can search the room where the arrest took place. They can also search if you give them your consent, if there is an emergency (for example, someone is calling from inside your home for help), or when a suspect is chased into your home. If you object to a search, make it clear to the officers. If they confiscate any property, they must give you a written receipt unless it is intended to be used for evidence (such as stolen goods, guns, etc).

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Community Relations Board
Category:
Safety

Last updated: 03/02/2015 - 12:28pm

Q854
When can an officer use a gun?

An officer can only use a gun in a life-threatening situation, or one in which includes a clear threat of death or serious bodily injury to the officer, another officer, or a bystander.

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Category:
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Last updated: 03/02/2015 - 12:28pm

Q855
How can I avoid situations with police that involve force or firearms?

The most important thing you can do is to remain cool and calm. Do not take action or make movements that run the risk of being highly dangerous for all parties involved.

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Community Relations Board
Category:
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Last updated: 03/02/2015 - 12:28pm

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