Your Rights and Responsibilities

At NDPD, our police officers are approachable and trained to be courteous in their interactions. Often in the course of carrying out their duties, it becomes necessary for police officers to stop a person on foot or in a vehicle to make inquiries. Many of their actions are prescribed by law or department policy and are intended to enhance the safety of all involved. Every contact is an unknown situation, and police officers must take a number of factors into consideration to ensure the safety of everyone involved.

There are a number of reasons why you might be approached by a police officer but this does not mean you’re in trouble or being accused. To help lessen your anxiety and provide guidelines on how you should respond when stopped by an officer, here is some information regarding common interactions you might have with police during common interations and what you can expect from police.