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The Law and You

P.L.A.Y. Teaches Guidelines for Interacting with Law Enforcement Officials

Today's headlines are full of stories detailing encounters between law enforcement officials and young people. Unfortunately, some of these stories do not have happy endings. While most officers of the law have standard procedures to follow, most young people do not. As a result, there is often a breakdown in communication between law enforcement officials and young adults. P.L.A.Y. will utilize its Life-long Skills Development program to break down these communication barriers by hosting free clinics that focus on teaching the cardinal rules of how to be safe such as:

If confronted by a law enforcement official, approach the officer as you would a friend, not an enemy.

If stopped or detained, remember your basic rights: politely ask the officer(s) why in a manner that is non-confrontational.

If you are stopped on the street, answer all questions factually, and to the best of your knowledge.

If you are stopped in your car, slow down and pull over safely when you can. Stay in the driver's seat with both hands on the steering wheel, so they are visible to the officer.

If law enforcement comes to your door, make sure the individual is truly an enforcer of the law by asking to see their badge or ID card.

If you are arrested, make sure you are informed as to why, and be sure to call a lawyer as soon as possible.

Officer misconduct and your response: misconduct is loosely defined as "improper/illegal action and/or conduct by an officer". Do not resist arrest for any reason.

NOTE: laws and law enforcement procedures vary from state to state.