01/03/14 122 W, 1 I - + 6 - 3 Police Rights Infographic

Here's something interesting, seen as posted by someone on Facebook. Infographic released by Online-Paralegal-Programs.com. Features a wealth of information about scenarios ranging from filming a police encounter to requirements for showing identification. Wonder what our law enforcement friends think of such a learning aid and legal resource? Reactions from those who wear blue/brown/grey? Found via this Blaze story.

Next question, what other emergency services infographics have you found and liked? "Fire safety infographic" on Google Images yields a few things. Ditto for "EMS infographic." Maybe Mr. Blogger needs to try his hand in designing one. Maybe a fire history related infographic? To be considered! Anyway, click once or twice to enlarge:

Very…interesting. Most of it is factual and fine. Some of it is stupid (“warning signs cops look for: college attire”). Some of it is how to beg to be scrutinized and how to set off every red flag possible (roll your window down only a crack and repeatedly ask if you’re free to leave and never answer any questions).

Roadside lawyers are always fun. They think the legal test of reasonableness is according to THEIR perspective only. They think that because THEIR nose is desensitized to their weed that there’s no way a cop can smell their weed. They think they can trick cops into not arresting them for DWI because of their intense semester of criminal justice.
rfburns - 01/04/14 - 23:25

I don’t think there’s anything in that particular graphic that would be helpful to officers. Maybe to someone in the very beginning stages of the academy, but that’s about it. Of course, the academy goes into much more detail about search and seizure than the casual reader would care to digest, and it would be difficult to accurately sum it up on an infographic (exceptions to the rules, exceptions to the exceptions, etc). For the average joe, the above graphic isn’t too far off from being helpful. If it just removed some of the things like “never answer questions”, it would be useful. Unfortunately, the audience for these are often people wanting to make sure their weed/alcohol consumption isn’t discovered.
rfburns - 01/05/14 - 13:06

Sorry, what I meant was… what particular instructions for Joe Citizen are equally to LEOs, in the performance of their duties?

Beyond, say, Don’t Break Laws.
Legeros - 01/05/14 - 13:12

Oh, I think I see what you’re saying. Hmm, I would have to think about that one for a while.

I would point out that sometimes an officer’s reasons to search aren’t known to the person being searched, and it may put the officer at a safety disadvantage by telling the person all of their reasons to search. When possible, though, I tell the person exactly what’s going on and why. “The loss prevention agent said you took something and gave your license plate out, so even if that loss prevention agent was incorrect, I have the right to search for this reported stolen property.” None of us want to piss someone off unnecessarily.

If you feel your rights were violated and conversation isn’t resolving the problem, cooperate and deal with it afterward. If it escalates to an argument or physical confrontation, you’re not going to win on the roadside. As cops, we also want to get rid of other cops that violate rights and abuse their authority. But despite what some news articles and internet jockeys would have you believe, there are very few of that type of cop.

Here’s one your fire/EMS guys can get behind: When driving past a 10-50, don’t stop in the middle of the damn road to gawk.

Oh, yeah, and Don’t Break Laws.
rfburns - 01/05/14 - 21:27

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