Guidelines for Safe Citizen/Police Encounters

Safe Citizen/Police EncountersThese guidelines to keep citizen/police encounters safe were produced by the Mobile Police Department. They are used by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U. S. Attorneys for their nationwide Bridging the Gap program.

Guidelines for Citizens

  • Remain Calm
  • Keep Hands Where Officers Can See Them
  • Address Officers with Respect
  • Tell Officers If You Have a Weapon
  • Tell Officers Your Name and Address
  • Answer Questions Truthfully
  • Comply with Officers’ Instructions
  • Ask For Assistance If You Need It

Guidelines for Police Officers

  • Treat all Citizens with Respect
  • Address Adults as Ma’am or Sir
  • Speak Slowly and Clearly
  • Explain Reason for Interaction
  • Repeat Orders If They Are Not Followed
  • Use Discretion for Minor Offenses
  • Make Decisions Based On:
    • Witnessing A Violation or Crime
    • Probable Cause
    • Suspicious Behavior
    • Seeking Information for Public Safety

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March 16, 2017
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