2002-04-06 / Community

Duvalle Offers Tips On Police Stops

Duvalle Offers Tips On Police Stops

Michael Duvalle, a community activist and former owner of the third largest private security firm in New York, has issued a pamphlet that outlines what you should do in the event that you are stopped by police or other law enforcement officials. They list as follows:

When Driving or Walking –

  1. Do not panic! Try to remain calm and alert at all times.
  2. Put signal indicator on. Signal and pull to the curb, usually to the right, as soon as it is safe to do so, and stop. Do not exit the vehicle!
  3. Put emergency flashing lights on, then turn the engine off. This will indicate that you do not plan a quick getaway, and will make the officer(s) less nervous when approaching your vehicle.
  4. Turn dome lights (inside lights) on at night or when dark. Roll all windows down, especially if you have occupants in the back seat. This way, the police will not expect any perceived threats. Place hands on the steering wheel and wait.
  5. Remain calm, and wait for instructions.
  6. Do not make any sudden moves while officers are approaching your car. Don’t try to reach for the glove compartment for insurance cards or any other paperwork. Wait for the officer to ask for it, and then tell the officer what you are about to do; for example, if you are about to reach for the glove compartment or a pocket book. Always have your hands in plain view.

Duvalle mentions that people have a right to file a complaint if they feel a member of law enforcement has mistreated them. In order to file a complete report the officer’s name, badge number, license plate number, description and names of other witnesses should be obtained.

The pamphlet goes on to stress that you should treat the officer the same way you wish him or her to treat you, which is with courtesy and respect.

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