New Bern Police Department offers advice on encounters with law enforcement

NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT)- The New Bern Police Department is issuing informational guidelines for the community to consider during the course of a traffic stop or other encounter with law enforcement.

If you are stopped by law enforcement while in your car: The best thing to do is to pull over and follow the officer’s directions. The officer will request to see your driver’s license, registration and/or proof of liability insurance. If you are stopped at night, turn on your dome light and keep your hands on the steering wheel. That will usually put the officer’s mind at ease. Remember, if you disagree with the stop or any potential charge, the time to dispute the offense is in court or by contacting a department supervisor at a later time.

If you are stopped by the police in public, at work or in a home: There are many factors that may lead law enforcement to approach and/or detain you. Every situation is different. Officers may consider one or more of the following factors: Your proximity to a recently reported crime; you may be a witness to a crime; you may be hanging around people or locations monitored by the police to prevent criminal activity; or you are acting in a manner which appears to be suspicious. Whatever the reason for your contact, you should comply with the orders of the officers, keep your hands visible and remain calm.

The New Bern Police Department says it’s committed to making a positive impact on the community and believes in being accountable for its actions. If you feel an officer acts in a manner inconsistent with the key values of the department or outside the law, the time to dispute the offense is in court or by contacting a department supervisor at a later time.

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