8 Step Guide to Good Traffic Stops

 

  1. Pull off to the right.
  2. Find a safe place to park.
  3. Both hands on the steering wheel, visible at all times.
  4. Do not exit the car unless requested by officer.
  5. Have a receptive attitude, even if you believe your rights are being violated.
  6. Respect and Respond, even if the officer’s attitude is demeaning, degrading and dehumanizing.
  7. Make no sudden movements without informing the officer.
  8. Report inappropriate behaviors to the Office of Professional Standards, even if the office is controlled by the same officers who abused your rights.
    1. Get the officers’ name and badge number; or
    2. Car number located on the side of the police car; or
    3. B-tag located on top of the car.
    4. For unmarked cars get the license plate number

Remember you can call 911 and request a supervisor remain on the line with your during police stops.