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Suggestions for individuals to consider during an encounter/engagement with a member of law enforcement

  1. Your goal is to keep the engagement as cordial and brief as possible.
  2. To further that goal, you want to be respectful and non-threatening – you should keep your hands within the clear view of the officer and avoid abusive or belittling language.
  3. You should be prepared to readily provide any documentation requested – such as your driver’s license, registration, and proof of insurance.
  4. You should also be mindful of your body language – avoid hasty or quick body movements.

Keep in mind, the roadside is the officer’s domain. The officer seeks to engage in a respectful and brief inquiry.

Complaints of abuse or improper conduct by the officer can be made to appropriate agencies and addressed in a court of law.