Frequently Asked Questions
Police reports are
available at TKPD
headquarters
PPOs are
available at
the 9th
Circuit Court
NEVER exit your
vehicle immediately
after being pulled
over
9-1-1 is for
emergencies
only
Be observant of
suspect
description and
direction of travel
Find a
safe place
to pull
over
Keep your hands
in view and keep
a calm demeanor
Officers follow
several
procedures on
traffic stops
Backup is
routine on traffic
stops for safety
purposes
How do I get a copy of a police report?
Copies of all Township of Kalamazoo police reports are
available at the department
headquarters.  You must complete
a Freedom of Information Act
(FOIA) request, and submit the
request, along with payment, to the TKPD Records
Department.  Open cases will not be available to the public
until the investigation is completed.

How do I get a personal protection order?
Personal protection orders (PPO) are available at the Ninth
Circuit Court
Family Court division.  After a petition is filed
with the court and it is signed by a judge, it becomes effective
and enforceable anywhere in Michigan.  


9-1-1 EMERGENCIES

When do I call 911?
Immediately dial 911 when there is an emergency, lives are in
danger, serious injury, serious medical condition, crime in
progress, or in any other situation requiring immediate
attention.  DO NOT dial 911 if you simply can't locate the
appropriate contact number for a local agency.  There are a
limited number telephone lines designated for emergency 911
calls.  Also, misuse of an emergency 911 service is against the
law.

What should I do if I see a crime occurring?
Call 911 immediately
Be observant and make mental notes.  Relay information to a  
dispatcher regarding any of the following:


What is the address?
Are there any weapons involved?
Any physical characteristics such as gender, height, weight,
race, beard, or scars?
Any clothing description?
How many people involved?
Are the persons involved on foot or in a vehicle?


TRAFFIC STOPS

What do I do if I get pulled over?       
Pull over as far off the roadway as possible in a safe
location
.  This sends a message to the officer that you care
about his/her safety. It's also good to turn on your emergency
flashers as well as your interior lights.

Stay in your car.  NEVER exit your car unless you are asked
to do so by the officer. Let the officer come to you.  Exiting
your vehicle WILL be seen as a potential hazard to the officer,
who is likely to respond by taking steps to assure their safety.

When talking with an officer,
be calm, be polite, and keep
your hands in plain view.
 Let the officer ask for your license
and vehicle paperwork.  Definitely DO NOT reach for
anything inside your car until you are asked to do so.  
Remember, the officer doesn't know you at this point and is
trained to detect and react to potentially threatening situations.  
A calm demeanor and cooperative attitude will allow an officer
to conduct the traffic stop efficiently and safely.

Why does an officer sit in their car for so long during a
traffic stop?
Every traffic stop has many routine procedures for officers to
follow in order to assure their safety and to conduct a complete
investigation.  Before they make contact with you, an officer
must communicate with a dispatcher about the traffic stop
before they exit the patrol car.  Once they have your ID and
vehicle information and return to their car, an officer has to
follow procedures and cross-reference you and your vehicle
with a crime database. Finally, if a citation is issued, it takes
time to fill it out completely.  There is no reason for an officer
to keep you waiting any longer than necessary to do their job
thoroughly an safely.  

If I'm only being stopped for a minor traffic violation,
why do other officers show up as backup?
When an officer uses the radio to call out a traffic stop, other
officers in the area can hear the location and stop by for
backup as a matter of routine.  This is especially true when
officers are riding solo in their car.  Traffic stops are one of the
more dangerous parts of police work and each one starts as a
complete unknown to an officer.