Police & Law

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General Tips On Police Safety

Key Terms

  • Law – a rule that everyone has to follow
  • Safe – staying out of harm’s way, not in danger
  • Danger – something that could cause a person to get hurt, a threatening or risky situation
  • Police – law enforcement officer that protect people and help in emergencies
  • Crime – breaking the law, you can be fined or arrested as a punishment

What Do Police Do?

  • Watch out for the community, keep the peace, respond in emergencies
  • Give tickets when someone breaks a law
  • Solve crimes
  • Arrest someone for serious crimes

When You See Police In Person…

  • You may see police officers in patrol cars, on foot, or on motorcycles
  • Give directions on what to do
  • They can use words, gestures, or signals to let people know what to do

What Do Police Wear?

Police Officer
  • Officers wear uniforms:
    • Badge
    • Handcuffs
    • Duty Belt
    • Gun

Who Else May Be With Police?

Officer With K-9 Officer
  • Officers may be accompanied by dogs (K-9)
    • Look for lost/missing person
    • Search for drugs, guns, cell phones
    • Help catch people who run from police
    • Police tool = We can look, but we keep hands to ourselves

Tips for Interacting with Police

DO:

  1. Stay calm
  2. Stay where you are
  3. Just do it

DON’T:

  1. Don’t run
  2. Don’t fight
  3. Don’t argue
  • Show your hands
  • Keep your hands to yourself
  • No hugging
  • Keep your distance from the officer
  • Ask for help if you don’t understand or don’t know
  • Disclose your diagnosis*
  • You can stay silent until a caregiver or advocate is with you
  • You can ask for an attorney or lawyer: “I want a lawyer.”

Tips for Interacting with Police: Caregivers

  • Allow the individual to be addressed
  • Be clear you are there to help
  • Offer up triggers and passions
  • The truth is necessary
  • Practice, practice, practice
  • Visit your local precinct