stopped by a deputy sheriff can be uncomfortable. Deputies share your
feelings. Our biggest concern is safety, yours and ours. The
information herein will help everyone get home safely.
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT
trained to be courteous and
professional when they contact you.
When it is
practical to do so, the
deputy will provide you with his/her
business card upon request.
Deputies who are
not in uniform will also
present proper identification upon request.
reasonable amount of time, the
deputy will explain why you were stopped.
If you are
disabled or ill, the deputy will
TALK TO US
The watch commander
at any Sheriff’s Station
is available to answer your questions
procedures, citations, or traffic stops.
You can contact us
in person or by
mail, and do
not have to
use a special form. The watch
will complete a Service Comment
document your complaint or
Watch commanders may
discuss a deputy’s
conduct, but cannot adjudicate citations. Only
judge has that authority.
If you choose to
report your concerns by phone,
may contact the station watch commanders
WHY DEPUTIES CONDUCT STOPS
Public safety is the primary reason for any stop, for example:
Did you commit a traffic violation?
ran a red light, expired registration tags
match the description of someone
wanted for a crime?
assault, theft, homicide
Was your vehicle or one like it used
commit a crime?
drive-by shooting, arson, kidnapping
Is your vehicle safe?
broken taillight, cracked windshield
Did you witness a crime?
robbery, shooting, burglary
Do you need help?
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Red lights and/or a
siren mean pull over to the
it is safe and where you will not
If it is dark, the
deputy will use a bright spotlight
flashlight to illuminate you or your
requires all drivers to show their
registration, and insurance card to a
The U.S. Supreme
Court states it is
legal for a deputy to ask you and
exit the car.
According to State
law, if you refuse to sign a
may be arrested.
WHAT YOU SHOULD DO
Remain in your vehicle and follow the deputy’s
Keep your hands where the deputy can see them.
any sudden movements, and do not reach for
your license or other items until the deputy requests
any passengers in your car to remain calm and
comply with the deputy’s instructions.
the citation if you receive one (this does
not mean you are guilty; it is just your promise to
appear in court at a later time.)