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
REPORTS/FORMS

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.