22.00.020    VIOLATOR CONTACT      (CALEA 61.1.8)

 

Officers will seek to achieve two objectives during traffic enforcement contacts:

 

v     Taking appropriate enforcement action

 

v     Favorably altering the violator's future driving behavior

 

In order to minimize conflict between the officer and the violator and achieve the two objectives in a professional and friendly manner, officers, when contacting violator(s) will:

 

v     Be in proper uniform, presenting a pleasant, professional image in grooming, language, bearing, and emotional stability

 

v     Be alert at all times for the unexpected, but not obviously apprehensive

 

v     Be certain that observations of the violation were accurate

 

v     Be prepared for the contact with the necessary forms and equipment

 

v     Decide on the appropriate enforcement action based on Department procedures and the observed violation, not the violator’s attitude

 

v     Greet the violator with the appropriate title and in a courteous manner

 

v     Immediately inform the violator of the reason for the contact (i.e., the traffic law violated) and ask for their driver's license vehicle registration, proof of insurance, or other identification

 

v     Allow the driver to reasonably discuss the violation

 

v     Be alert for signs of physical impairment, emotional distress, and alcohol and/or drug abuse which may necessitate actions other than releasing the violator to resume driving

 

v     Complete the necessary enforcement document (NOI/C) or issue a verbal warning; make a physical arrest if appropriate

 

v     Explain the enforcement action and any alternatives to the violator.   Provide the violator with a copy of the NOI/C.

 

v     Return the violator's driver's license, vehicle registration proof of insurance, or other identification, and a copy of the NOI/C if applicable

 

v     Advise and assist the violator, if necessary, in safely reentering the traffic flow