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.
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 of 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?
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 needed, 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 and 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 the 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 the officer.