City of St. Paul Park 

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Know what to do if you're stopped by police

Police officers must engage citizens during the course of their duties.  St. Paul Park Police Department officers are trained how to do so safely, efficiently, and effectively.  Do you know what to do if you're stopped by a police officer while in your vehicle?

Follow these guidelines:
  • When signaled by an officer, safely pull over to place out of traffic flow.
  • Sit with your hands visible on the steering wheel.  If you have passengers, ask them to sit quietly with their hands visible.  Avoid sudden movements or ducking in the seat;  these actions can unnecessarily alarm the officer.
  • If it is dark outside, turn on your inside light when you pull over.  For safety reasons, the officer will want to visually scan the car's interior before proceeding. 
  • Do not get out of your car unless the officer asks you to step out.  If you are asked to step out of your vehicle, calmly comply.
  • Communicate your actions in advance by telling the officer what you will be doing before you move.
  • If requested, you must give the officer your driver's license and vehicle registration.  Tell the officer where it is before reaching for it, especially if it is tucked away in the glove box.
City of St. Paul Park, 600 Portland Avenue, St. Paul Park MN 55071