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Interacting With Law Enforcement

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


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


  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