For riders and those who frequent public transit systems, knowing when and how to contact local law enforcement can be a critical concern. Spotting potential dangers, alerting other riders and ensuring that the police can be summoned as quickly as possible can do much to improve the overall level of safety that riders are able to enjoy. Learning more about how you may be able to take a more active role in community safety and issues of rider security will ensure that you do not [...]
Police officers of today fill many roles in our society. They strive to provide safety, enforce the law, and prevent crimes. However, more and more they are starting to serve as local government’s first point of contact with the mentally ill and other needy people. With budgets stretched to the breaking point and staffing levels lower than ever, officers are called upon to evaluate people in mental heath crisis, check the well being of at-risk youth and adults, and other roles they [...]
Police officers get a bad rap most of the time. They are doing their jobs, which is to protect and serve. From punk teenagers and irate soccer moms to belligerent drunks and combative offenders, officers of the law deal with a lot that we wouldn’t want to. Most of them are just regular people and deserve our respect, but some of them in the movies have been downright nasty.
Denzel Washington played a terrible cop in Training Day. During the course of [...]
The police are there to serve and protect – ideally. However, that doesn’t mean you should rely on them for everything. After all, there are only so many police and so many problems they can actually address. Don’t wait around for disaster to strike – get proactive and protect yourself. When we say “protect yourself” lots of homeowners tend to flock to the sites like http://www.homesecurityinfo.com/home-security-systems/ for home security systems. That’s one way to get proactive, but there are others.
One way is to take better care of your home. Trimming back some overgrown branches and bushes not only shows that the home is occupied and well-tended – it also limits the hiding places the criminal element can use.
Training a guard dog is also a great way to get proactive about home safety and, besides, who doesn’t love a dog. You just need to make sure you consult with a professional if you do decide to go that route. Accidents can happen and you don’t want a dog that can distinguish friend from foe.
Another mainstay in the proactive, home security arsenal is the personal firearm. Guns have gotten quite a bit of flak in the media but guns, themselves, are not the problem. It’s the people who wield them. Think long and hard before you bring one of these into the home – especially if there are children present.
Helping the mentally ill is an important part of police work. Unfortunately, it is common for a police officer to come across a person who is mentally ill while performing their normal duties. Sometimes, it may be discovered that a person is mentally ill while performing a general traffic stop; however, police officers are frequently called to homes when a person’s mental illness is leading to a domestic disruption.
When a police officer discovers that someone is mentally ill, they must follow the appropriate protocol for the situation for which they are responding. As with any [...]
Guns are not the only weapons that police officers use. They use a number of non-lethal weapons. One of those weapons is pepper spray. Pepper spray can cause intense discomfort if it comes in contact with a person’s skin, nose or eyes. This discomfort can last up to 45 minutes, which gives the officer plenty of time to arrest the person in question.
Mace is another non-lethal weapon that is used by police officers. It is often called pepper spray, but the two are not the same. [...]
As the world becomes more and more dependent on technology, many people are wondering just how safe they are when they use the Internet. Unfortunately, technology moves at a much faster rate than the legal process. New laws that protect Internet users from crime are still lacking, but that doesn’t mean you are completely vulnerable to all online threats. The hardest aspect of addressing problems online is trying to figure out what law enforcement agency you need to contact. Because of blurry boundaries and jurisdictional limits, your local [...]
If you live in close proximity to others, chances are that you’ll have to deal with disruptive noise at one point or another. In fact, excessive noise is one of the most common complaints among residents in urban and other densely populated areas. The first thing you should do is let the person who is disturbing you know that that there is a problem. If talking it out doesn’t help and the problem continues, your best bet is to call the police for help. Many large cities also have special call lines for residents who want to file noise complaints.
Keep in mind that noise ordinances vary from one location to another. In general, police will only interfere when the noise is being made within a time frame that is specified by local noise laws. Unfortunately, that means you might be legally out of luck if your neighbor likes to play loud music during the day or if you live above a somewhat noisy restaurant. In most cases, there isn’t much police officers can do to stop people from making noise during the day unless they are breaking other laws like drinking in public or trespassing. In most areas, police will actively handle noise complaints in the late evening or at night. Call your police precinct to find out what time the local noise ordinances go into effect and how police officers define excessive noise in your area.
We’ve all been there, driving down the road and all of a sudden we hear sirens behind us. The most important thing to do is stay calm. Immediately pull your vehicle over to the right In the event that you cannot move your car to the right, follow the direction of traffic to clear a path beside you.
If the reason for the sirens is to pull you over for speeding, the police car would stop behind you. In this instance [...]