YOU CAN EXPECT
Deputies are trained
to be courteous and professional when they contact you.
When it is safe
or practical to do so, the deputy will
provide you with his/her business card upon request.
Deputies who are not
in uniform will also present proper identification upon request.
Within a reasonable
amount of time, the deputy will explain why you were stopped.
If you are disabled
or ill, the deputy will assist you.
The watch commander at any Sheriffs Station or facility is available
to answer your questions regarding procedures, citations, or traffic
You can contact us in
person or by mail,
and do not have to use a special form. The watch commander will complete
a Service Comment Report to document your complaint or commendation.
Watch commanders may
discuss a deputys conduct, but cannot adjudicate citations.
Only a judge has that authority.
If you choose to report
your concerns by phone, you may contact
the station watch commanders individually or you may dial 1-800-698-TALK.
DEPUTIES CONDUCT STOPS
safety is the primary reason for any stop, for example:
Did you commit a traffic violation?
aaaaaaa ran a red
light, expired registration tags
Do you match the description of someone wanted
for a crime?
Was your vehicle or one like
it used to commit a crime?
shooting, arson, kidnapping
Is your vehicle safe?
taillight, cracked windshield
Did you witness a crime?
Do you need help?
YOU NEED TO KNOW
Red lights and/or a siren
mean pull over to the right where it is safe and
where you will not block traffic.
If it is dark, the deputy will use a bright spotlight
or flashlight to illuminate
you or your car.
California law requires all drivers to
show their license, registration, and
insurance card to a peace officer upon request.
The U.S. Supreme Court states it is reasonable
and legal for a deputy to
ask you and your passengers to exit the car.
According to State law, if you refuse
to sign a citation, you may be arrested.
YOU SHOULD DO
Remain in your vehicle and follow the
Keep your hands where the deputy can
any sudden movements, and do not reach for your license or other items
until the deputy requests them.
any passengers in your car to remain calm and comply with the deputys
the citation if you receive one (this does not mean you are guilty;
it is just your promise to appear in court at a later time.)