What if you're stopped by the police?
You’re walking home one night, minding your own business. Then…
A tough-looking guy wearing plain clothes suddenly came up to you and said “I’m a police detective. I want to ask you about something”
Oh no! Your heartbeat goes faster and your face turns so white.. What should you do?
Stay calm..and follow these steps:
1. Ask for his police authority card
Let's look at his authority card colour..
Blue means he’s at least an inspector.
Yellow shows that he’s below inspector rank.
White means he’s in the reserve police force.
If it’s red, someone’s been a naughty boy! It means he’s under suspension. Keep on walking. He can’t do anything to you.
2. If he asks for identification..
Just give him your name, IC number and address.
Nothing more, nothing less. You don’t need to give him your life story, you know!
3. If he continues to ask you any other questions..
It's no harm in answering if he asked you what you're doing here at night or where you're going, even if you’re not obliged to do so.
Anything more than that.. Just take a deep breath and ask him calmly ‘Am I under arrest, officer?’
If he says no, just excuse yourself and walk away. Decline his request to follow him to the police station or anywhere else.
What if he’s investigating a case and thinks that you might have some information about it?
Well, that’s a story for another day..Stay tuned next month, and stay out of trouble!