Citizen Police Academy 2017-11-21

Today we learned about car stops, a.k.a. traffic stops. This, along with domestics, is the most dangerous thing for a police officer.

If you are stopped by an officer,he should be in full uniform. If he is in plains clothes, ask to see an ID and you can ask for a uniformed officer. You can also tell the officer that you want to stop in a well lit location.


The office puts his car at an angle to give himself some walking space.  If you are stopped at night, you can turn on your inside light.

Once the vehicle is stopped, the officer calls in the tags and description of the vehicle.  He also tells the location of the stop.  If the officer sees something when he approaches the car, he can take the person out of the car and handcuff the person.

The side of the road is not a lace to hold court.  If the person rips up the ticket, he can then be arrested.

There are four conditions for which an officer can search a car:  consent, probably cause, search warrant, and inventory. Inventory is mainly for cars being towed. The officer is looking for valuable and hazards.

If you are stopped by the police and given a citation, you have three options:  pay the citation, request a waiver, or request a trial.  If you are given a repair order, you have ten days to do the repair and 30 days in which to turn in the paperwork.

The State of Maryland has originally mandated that all significant police departments go to e-tickets by 2014 and all departments by last year. Baltimore is not there.  Most officers wish that they had computers in their cars.
 

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Sgt. Corso shows us the espantoon which we discussed last week.

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We were shown the different lights and their effects.

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The take down lights take away the shape of the officer.

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