Grand Valley Police Department
If stopped by the police
It is the intent of the GVSU Police Departments 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:
• What is your name?
• What is your address?
• Do you have any identification?
• What is the nature of your activities?
Why Am I Being Stopped by the Police?
• Moving violations are the most common violations of state law committed by a driver of
a vehicle while it is in motion. The term “moving” distinguishes it from other violations
such as parking violations, equipment violations, or paperwork violations relating to
insurance, registration, inspection, etc.
• Criminal investigations can also relate to road use such as, drunk driving, or to matters
such as theft, assault, fraud, etc. Many times descriptors of vehicles or individuals
involved in criminal activity are relayed in area broadcasts to officers and may take action
if encounter similar or matching types of information to further investigate.
• If you are driving a motor vehicle and an officer signals you to stop, whether the police
officer is in a patrol car, on a bicycle, or on foot, you must pull over.
• Pull over to the RIGHT hand side of the road.
• Remain in your vehicle at all times unless instructed otherwise.
• If it is dark, turn on the interior light.
• Keep your hands in sight, preferably on the steering wheel.
• The police officer will request your license, registration, and proof of insurance.
• Give the police officer a chance to explain why he or she stopped you.
• If there are passengers in your vehicle, encourage them to remain cooperate.
• If the police officer asks you to step out of your vehicle, do so without any sudden or
threatening movements. Give the police officer at least three feet of professional space to
do his or her job.
Page last modified November 17, 2010