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Care to share some law enforcement wisdom with civlians? I'm writing an article about "things cops wish civilians knew" about policing, for a civilian audience. The intent is to help civilians understand the challenges of policing, learn about the reasons behind police actions, and see things from officers' perspectives. This stems from my experience doing ride-alongs, in which many officers said they wish more civilians would do ride-alongs so they could understand what officers do and experience every day. If you would like to contribute, please post the one piece of advice you would like to give civilians about interacting with police. Or, the one thing you wish civilians understood about police work. This should be advice for a generally more law-abiding audience and meant to present serious (e.g., don't put your hands in your pockets when officers are asking to see your hands) and light-hearted suggestions (e.g., don't try to impress the officer with a backflip during your sobriety test). I will attribute comments to "law enforcement professionals who contribute to a law enforcement community website." Any insight would be greatly appreciated.

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Unsure of the category in which this belongs... Being considerate? I don't think the public realizes a beat officer's or deputy's daily routine can sometimes be a series of routine calls mixed with extremely traumatic ones. Often there is no time to regroup mentally from a distressing experience before returning to the typical string of report calls. It has happened to me many times in my career but one that really stood out was the "a$$ chewing" I endured from a complainant upset she had to wait so long for my arrival as many report calls had been held in the busiest part of the shift. This time I responded from the scene of a SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) investigation. As you might imagine the only time I had to recover was the ten minute drive from the dead baby to her soccer-mom tantrum. Sorry my example was a woman but guys did it to...


I let her vent until she ran out of gas and then continued about my duties with a half hearted mechanical apology. How could I explain this situation to her? I ran the risk of her making it even worse by saying, "So what?"


I wished more people would have considered things like that before they opened their mouth.

 

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Stop believing that what you see on TV is really how things work. Miranda rights are only required when you are in custody AND subject to questioning. Lab results take A LOT longer than an hour to get back. And sometimes we don't get the bad guy (I know, it's rare).


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STOP telling your children that "if you don't be good" or whatever the parent child issue is, that I'm going to arrest your kid and take them to jail. Really, this day and age we want our children to trust cops or Emergency Responders. We are not taking your kids to jail unless they are breaking the law and being overly stupid about their conduct. I just want to arrest the parents for saying that junk. No statute for Misdemeanor or Felony stupid though...

If an officer asks you what is going on? Don't be a leadhead and spout off with stupid comments like "we're not doing anything wrong, so you can't mess with us!" Maybe a few of us are just saying a greeting of the day? When I do say "Hi" a reciprosity response of the like is appreciated, not a deer in the headlights look.

When we walk into a public place, please don't look up and say "I didn't do it' are you here for someone?" Maybe, we just want to stop in and refill our coffee or soft drink? If we are there for "someone" we will contact the "someone" we are there for. If it is not you, then don't get involved. A simple hello or welcoming greeting will suffice. No, as CSI I can't solve a major case in an hour, so don't even joke about it. BUMP to BigNTS! Thats all to name a few, good luck and thanks for your endeavor...

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I'm in the Acaedmy right now, but your question reminds me of what the Sergeant said this past weekend. He told us that if people would be more polite and do what is asked of them by an officer when they are stopped, they would probably get by with just a warning most of the time unless it was a serious offense. He said but being a smarta** will get you a ticket 100% of the time no matter who you are, who your daddy is or how attractive you are, (or think you are). I am very inclined to agree with him, because I believe in treating others the way you want to be treated yourself, but if someone wants to act like an idiot then I will oblige and treat them like one.

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Unsure of the category in which this belongs... Being considerate? I don't think the public realizes a beat officer's or deputy's daily routine can sometimes be a series of routine calls mixed with extremely traumatic ones. Often there is no time to regroup mentally from a distressing experience before returning to the typical string of report calls. It has happened to me many times in my career but one that really stood out was the "a$$ chewing" I endured from a complainant upset she had to wait so long for my arrival as many report calls had been held in the busiest part of the shift. This time I responded from the scene of a SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) investigation. As you might imagine the only time I had to recover was the ten minute drive from the dead baby to her soccer-mom tantrum. Sorry my example was a woman but guys did it to...


I let her vent until she ran out of gas and then continued about my duties with a half hearted mechanical apology. How could I explain this situation to her? I ran the risk of her making it even worse by saying, "So what?"


I wished more people would have considered things like that before they opened their mouth.

 



 Mr.Foster for me that really hit home "Us Civilians" will never understand until we are in that position, thanks for your service to your community.

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 Stop rubbernecking around traffic accident scenes or around other places where you see emergency traffic. It creates other accidents. Also when it comes to traffic stops up ahead, move over to the other lane. It is the law (at least in NC) and heck, just because I wear a badge and gun I am still human and would not appreciate being splattered across your hood.


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 As a Law Enforcement Officer it is my job to enforce the law. I can tell you what is right and what is wrong legally, but I cannot give you advice on legal matters.

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These comments are perfect! Keep them coming! I doubt one article will bridge the vast gap between police work and civilian understanding, but I will try. Thank you all for the heroic work you do. Looking forward to reading more great wisdom from the field.

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4/25/13 you have been a member for 5 years and this is your 2nd post? Where have you been?


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bill9823 says ...



4/25/13 you have been a member for 5 years and this is your 2nd post? Where have you been?



Good Question.


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ahahahaha my main man BILLL!!! By the way, I know you're eating lunch and all but can you answer a few questions I have about a ticket I got last week??


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4/25/13 you have been a member for 5 years and this is your 2nd post? Where have you been?


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 When I hear someone yell "I KNOW MY RIGHTS!!!!' I feel the person that yells it should be given time to state what rights they are refering to, explain them thoroughly, and tell how it is relevent to the current situation.  This is because I am considerate and want to make sure they are properly informed 

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 Lock you stuff up and put it out of sight.  It seems I can't walk through a parking lot without seeing iphones, ipads, computers, purses, etc. on the seats of the cars.  Half of these cars aren't even locked!  That would make much less work for me and much less hassle for you.  When you are not home, lock your doors.  Don't leave your stuff laying around.  Lock up your bike, lawn mower, tools, etc. when your are not using them.  That would also make less work for me and much less hassle for you.  These simple things will give us time to go after the real criminals people talk about when I am writing a traffic citation.

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bill9823 says ...



4/25/13 you have been a member for 5 years and this is your 2nd post? Where have you been?



Honestly, I've never posted anything anywhere until now - call me old fashioned (or just old)...but you and all the officers who replied are great. I would like to share more ideas, and perhaps research findings relevant to police, etc in the future - if you all are interested.

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Thank you everyone for your help! I greatly appreciate it. I will send a link to the artilce once it is finished. Thank you all for your great service!

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bill9823 says ...



4/25/13 you have been a member for 5 years and this is your 2nd post? Where have you been?



Honestly, I've never posted anything anywhere until now - call me old fashioned (or just old)...but you and all the officers who replied are great. I would like to share more ideas, and perhaps research findings relevant to police, etc in the future - if you all are interested.


 


4/27/13



I read some about you, quite a busy lady.


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