Person Stops

Common Reasons To Be Stopped

A person might be stopped if a police officer has reason to believe the person:

  1. Has committed a crime
  2. Is about to commit a crime
  3. Has evidence of a crime

As in traffic stops, other reasons to be stopped include officers enforcing laws, looking for information in an investigation, or safety concerns.

Children Being Stopped

Children can also be stopped and apprehended for curfew violations if they are not accompanied by their parent or a by a specified person 18 years of age or older authorized by the parent.

Things To Do When Stopped

Again, officers are trained to place a great deal of emphasis on their safety and yours so they can do the job of safeguarding the public. Many of these guidelines conform to safety procedures, based on long experience, that officers are trained to follow:

  • Cooperate with the officer - don’t get into an argument
  • Keep your hands where the officer can see them - don’t put your hands in your pocket or clothing
  • Stay put and stay calm - don’t walk or run from police and don’t touch any police officer


As with traffic stops, if you do not agree with the officer’s conduct or actions, keep track of all pertinent information, including the officer’s name and badge number. You have the right to complain at the police station if officers are unable to handle your complaint on the scene.