Steps to Ensure your Safety when Stopped by Police Officer
Its no secret that nowadays we live in a society that is much divided. Some situations can turn into tense and uncomfortable just in a blink of an eye. Getting pulled over or being questioned by the police sometimes it can be hard situation to some people. Being pulled over can be uncomfortable situation to some few people who feel marginalized. We all recognize the need for effective and quality law enforcement, but we should also understand our own rights and responsibilities especially in our encounter and interactions with the police. Below is what one should do when in that situation to ensure ones safety.
One should always stay calm when interacting with the police. One should try and avoid showing any signs of aggressiveness or anxiety since showing those signs the situation can turn into tense one. When one is anxious or nerves it shows that he or she is hiding something from the police. Keeping your voice steady and maintaining eye contact with the police will avoid any tense moment.
Another step to ensure your safety when encountered by a police officer is to always know your rights. One can refuse answering any question asked by the police under the right to remain silent. One can exercise this right when he or she feels not being comfortable with officers questions. Also one can refuse personal search or even his or her car without a search warrant and even the right to leave the situation calmly if you are not under arrest.
At any circumstance one should not resist the police. One can resist answering officers question but one should not resist being arrested. Resisting arrest it gives officer a reason to act aggressively to you. To ensure that you are safe and the police dont act aggressively to you one should not at any circumstance resist arrest.
Another step one should consider taking when encountered by a police officer is to avoid sudden movements. Trying to make any movement will make the police to act aggressively or take physical action on you leading to a tense situation that threatens your safety. To ensure one is safe avoid making sudden movement since police take it as ill will against them and they are trained to act as fast as possible to any movement made. One should remember that this person doesnt know you and they are looking for a reason to convict you so dont bait them with a mindless mistake.