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Update: What To Do If Stopped By The Police by Dr. Jerry “Doc” Semper


Dr. Jerry “Doc” Semper is a U.S. Navy veteran having served in the White House Ceremonial Honor Guard and is a former twice decorated New York City Police Officer.  As a Police Academy Instructor, he helped craft the National Curriculum for Community Oriented Policing (COP) training.  In that position, he provided diversity and certified “COP In Schools” Training to various police departments.  Diversity training was also provided by him to the entire Wilmington Delaware Police and Fire Departments.

A past trainer and spokesperson for the Presidential National Parenting Coalition, Dr. Semper was a past recipient of the Outstanding Employee of the Year award from the Prince George’s County, Maryland, States Attorney Office, while serving as Director of Citizen Services.  He currently holds degrees in Psychology/Sociology and a Doctorate in Law.  He is an Adjunct Professor in the Behavioral Sciences Department, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland.


10 Rules of Survival if Stopped by the Police

1. Be polite and respectful when stopped by the police. Keep your mouth closed.

2. Remember that your goal is to get home safely. If you feel that your rights have been violated, you and your parents have the right to file a formal complaint with your local police jurisdiction.

3. Don’t, under any circumstance, get into an argument with the police.

4. Always remember that anything you say or do can be used against you in court.

5. Keep your hands in plain sight and make sure the police can see your hands at all times.

6. Avoid physical contact with the police. No sudden movements, and keep hands out of your pockets.

7. Do not run, even if you are afraid of the police.

8. Even if you believe that you are innocent, do not resist arrest.

9. Don’t make any statements about the incident until you are able to meet with a lawyer or public defender.

10. Stay calm and remain in control. Watch your words, body language and emotions.



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