It is the intent of the GVSU Police Department to provide fair and equal service to everyone who works, lives, and learns in the community. Frequently, in the course of a police officer’s duties, it becomes necessary to stop a person and make an inquiry such as:
Sometimes, routine interactions with law enforcement cause a person to feel intimidated or to respond in a manner which gives rise to conflict or suspicion. It is our intent is to provide the following to reduce elements of conflict if and when you interact with a police officer.
If a police officer stops you the officer has a reason for the contact. The officer may suspect that you are in violation of a law. It is also possible that criminal activity occurred nearby and the officer believes you may be of assistance.
In any case, DO NOT RUN from the police officer. Be calm. LISTEN. Find out what the officer wants. Don’t assume that you know the reason you are being stopped. Provide identification if you are asked. It’s best if you remain cooperative.
If stopped by the police: