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Taking the suggested actions below will likely lead to a brief, positive, and safe encounter for both you and the officer.
This information is not intended as legal advice.
What are some reasons police might stop me?
Generally, because you: • Are in the area where a crime just occurred • Witness a crime • Fit the description of a suspect • Have been pointed out as a suspect • Appear to need assistance • Violate a law
What should I consider if I am stopped?
• Officers may not be stopping you for the same reason you think • Over-reaction and/or lack of cooperation will complicate the situation • Police are trained to remain in a position that will enhance officer safety • Actions and communications are not intended to offend you
What actions should I take if I’m approached by a police officer? • Follow the officer’s instructions • Keep your hands clearly visible • Make slow and deliberate movements
• If a weapon is present: 1. Verbally inform the officer of its exact location 2. Do not make any gestures towards the weapon 3. State whether you possess a concealed handgun permit 4. Wait for specific instructions before making any movements 5. Remain calm and do not become argumentative
• Cooperation can greatly reduce the time you are detained
What actions should I take if I’m in a vehicle that is approached by a police officer? • Follow the officer’s instructions • Remain seated in the vehicle; do not get out unless instructed to do so • Keep your hands visible • Turn on the interior light when it’s dark outside • Produce your driver’s license and vehicle registration upon request • Do not reach for anything unless directed to do so by the officer
When can I be searched by a police officer?
• When arrested • When a warrant exists • When probable cause for an arrest exists • When consent is granted Be aware that if you are suspected of being armed, the police officer is allowed to frisk you for weapons to ensure the safety of everyone present.
For further information on the Wake County Animal Ordinance, go here: Wake County Animal Control Ordinances
The Morrisville Police Department encourages all neighborhoods to form Neighborhood Watch groups. Watch Groups provide extra eyes and ears in our neighborhoods. Email one of our Crime Prevention officers for further details on starting a Watch in your neighborhood. Email Crime Prevention Officer
Morrisville Police Department Internal Affairs 260-C Town Hall Dr. PO Box 166 Morrisville, NC 27560919.463.1600 fax 919.380.6717Monday through Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm
If you have been assisted by a Police Department employee and wish to commend the employee, please call, write or visit us through the Office of the Chief of Police. Police Complaint Summary
You may download it here: Morrisville Welcome Brochure
See the Police "Forms & Links" section for tips on how to prevent false alarms. The Ordinance and fee schedule can be also be found in this section. Alarm Ordinance