Being 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.


Deputies are trained to be courteous and
   professional when they contact you.

When it is safe or 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.

Within a reasonable amount of time, the
    deputy will explain why you were stopped.

If you are disabled or ill, the deputy will
   assist you.

         TALK TO US

        The watch commander at any Sheriff’s Station
            or facility is available to answer your questions
            regarding 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
            commander will complete a Service Comment
            Report to document your complaint or

        Watch commanders may discuss a deputy’s      
            conduct, but cannot adjudicate citations. Only a
            judge has that authority.

        If you choose to report your concerns by phone,
            you may contact the station watch commanders


        Public safety is the primary reason for any stop, for example:

                Did you commit a traffic violation?

                    ran a red light, expired registration tags

                Do you match the description of someone
                wanted for a crime?
assault, theft, homicide

                Was your vehicle or one like it used to
                 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?


        Red lights and/or a siren mean pull over to the 
            right where it is safe and where you will not 
            block traffic.

        If it is dark, the deputy will use a bright spotlight 
            or flashlight to illuminate you or your car.

        The law requires all drivers to show their
            license, registration, and insurance card to a
            peace officer upon request.

        The U.S. Supreme Court states it is reasonable
            and legal for a deputy to ask you and your
            passengers to exit the car.

        According to State law, if you refuse to sign a
            citation, you 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.

                Avoid any sudden movements, and do not reach for
                   your license or other items until the deputy requests

                Ask any passengers in your car to remain calm and
                   comply with the deputy’s instructions.

                Sign 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.)