Your Rights and Responsibilities

The Notre Dame Police Department is here to serve you, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Officers are trained to be courteous in their interactions. Often in the course of carrying out their duties, it becomes necessary for police or campus safety 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 stop is an unknown situation; officers must take a number of factors into consideration to ensure the safety of everyone involved.

Information on some of the interactions you might have with police such as traffic stops, pedestrian stops and searches is intended to lessen your anxiety and provide guidelines on how to respond should you find yourself stopped by an officer, as well as what you can expect from the officer. There are a number of reasons why you might be approached by a police or campus safety officer. This does not mean you’re in trouble or being accused of something.