Battle Creek Law Enforcement Talk About How To Handle A Traffic Stop
Battle Creek Police Chief Jim Blocker and Calhoun County Sheriff Matt Saxton discussed several different points motorists should know in the event they are pulled over by a police officer.
Here are three main take-aways they have:
Blocker and Saxton tell 95.3 WBCK all officers approach every motorist at a traffic stop with professionalism and respect, and they expect the same in return. Doing so, they say, sets the correct tone for the exchange. They recommend putting your four-way hazard flashers on as well as turning on the dome light in your vehicle if the stop is at night.
If you are not sure there is a safe place that is well lit to pull over, Blocker and Saxton agree you can drive a little further (within reason) in order to find a safe place. Both Blocker and Saxton agree a case of police impersonation is very rare, but if you are not sure the person who has pulled you over is an actual police officer, call 9-1-1. The dispatcher will know if a real officer is pulling you over.
If You Have A CPL, Tell The Officer
In accordance with Concealed Pistol License training in Michigan, a CPL holder should tell an officer at the onset of the traffic stop that they are licensed. They should also tell the officer if there is a weapon in the vehicle, according to Blocker and Saxton. Both recommend viewing the following special video which discusses the correct and incorrect ways to communicate about CPL during a traffic stop.
Blocker and Saxton also tell 95.3 WBCK their approach in a traffic stop is no different if there is a male or female driver or passenger. In fact, they assert that in a dark traffic stop, an officer will not know the gender of the driver or passengers until he approaches the car.
Click the player below to hear their remarks.