Traffic stops are arguably the most routine task that police officers perform. For the most part, traffic violations are pretty straightforward and officers do not face any problems. However, it’s always important to remember that even a police officer can be caught off guard, and their own safety should always be their priority. There are certain things that an officer can do to make the stop as safe as possible. Here are just a few tips to share with members of your squad.
Approach from the passenger side. No matter what time of day it is, this is a good approach. If a driver is looking to ambush you, more likely than not, he’ll expect you on the driver’s side. Also, if you come up on the passenger side, you can get a better view of what and who is in the car. Another safety benefit to this approach is that you won’t be exposing yourself to oncoming traffic.
Always be aware of the driver’s behaviors. When initiating a traffic stop, it’s best to get out of your vehicle as quickly as possible so the driver does not have an opportunity to approach you first. Keep your eyes turned to the driver as much as possible, to ensure that they do not drive off or exit their vehicle when asked not to.
Turn your wheels to the left. Unfortunately, on busy roads your police cruiser does have the chance of being rear ended. If you are out of the car, and your wheels are turned to the left, your patrol car will likely roll in that direction and away from you and the vehicle you’ve stopped.
These are just a few safety tips to keep in mind when performing a traffic stop. At Professional Governmental Underwriters, Inc. we understand how important the safety of your police officers is. We also understand the legal risks that they face. Law Enforcement Liability Insurance will give you the coverage you need to legally protect your officers, and financially protect your business. Please contact us for more information about our Law Enforcement Liability insurance programs.