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If a Police car pulls in behind you while driving and activates its emergency lights and/or siren, you should pull over to the side of the road as soon as it is safe. Once you have pulled over, you should put the car in park and turn on the interior light. This is for your safety as well as the safety of the Officer.
You have to remember that although you know you are a decent, law abiding citizen, the Police Officer behind you has no idea who you are and will be naturally cautious as numerous Officers are hurt and even killed each year during "routine" traffic stops. When approached by the Officer, you will be asked for you driver's license, vehicle registration card and proof of insurance for the car.
If you need to enter the glove compartment to retrieve the documents, just tell the Officer what you are doing and proceed to get your documents when instructed.
In order to make this traffic stop as safe and pleasant as possible for all involved, here are a few tips:• Do not make any sudden or violent movements.• Do not suddenly conceal or hide your hands.• Remain in the vehicle unless instructed to exit by the Officer.
As soon as the Officer has your documents, he will explain the reason for the traffic stop and may give a verbal warning, a written warning or issue you a traffic summons. If you have any questions, the Officer will attempt to answer them at the scene and will also provide you with the number for the Municipal Violations Bureau which is located on the back of the summons.
Call 911 for anything related to an emergency such as: •a crime that is occurring now •a car crash •a possible drunk driver •life threatening medical emergencies Call 908-273-0051 for all non-emergency related calls such as: •offenses that occurred in the past •non-life threatening traffic concerns •non urgent requests for police service
All requests for law enforcement service are assigned a priority based on the seriousness of the incident and the potential for injury or damage to property. At times, calls of less urgent natures must be delayed so that officers can respond immediately to emergencies.
At times, people may wonder why it seemed to take a long time for officers to arrive on the scene of a crime such as a robbery that just occurred where the perpetrator is making a getaway. The reason for this delay is that officers are:• Working to cut off escape routes• Securing perimeters of the area in case a K-9 track is required• Stopping suspicious vehicles leaving the area• Checking neighboring streets and structures in an attempt to catch the actor
The urgency of this type of call is not in responding to the scene as much as it is to trap and catch the fleeing suspect.
Summit PD makes every effort to arrive at your request for service as soon as possible and has an excellent time response in most incidents. As our officers are assigned a geographic area of the town to patrol, an officer is usually in the area of any dispatched call and can be on the scene almost immediately.
We thank you for your patience and understanding if you happen to call during one of those situations where the responding officer is delayed in responding to your call.
In addition, uniformed patrol officers are often in your neighborhood at times when you would not necessarily see them, such as peak times of criminal activity which may be when you are at work or asleep. If any area or neighborhood begins to experience an increase of crime or becomes the victim of a specific crime trend, specialized units and resources will be deployed to deal with the problem until order is restored.
We thank you for your cooperation in answering the questions necessary for the responding officers to best assist you with your situation.
Many times officers respond to an anonymous call about an incident and either cannot find the origin of the problem with the information given or the situation changes prior to their arrival but they have no way of knowing that. This can result in frustrated officers and the citizen feeling that the police department didn't do anything about their call.
We realize that in some circumstances, a person may not want neighbors to know that they have called the police and they don't want an officer to come to their door. However, something as simple as a telephone number by which to reach the complainant can make a significant difference in whether or not a situation is corrected or goes undiscovered or unidentified. You merely inform the call taker that you do not wish to be contacted in person but that the officer may call you in they need more information.
If you are calling to report an emergency, it is important to note that ALL 911 calls from cellular phones in New Jersey are answered by call takers from the New Jersey State Police. If you are reporting an incident which is occurring in Morristown, you may be transferred to the 911 center at Summit Police Headquarters by the initial call taker. This is because the 911 operator is much more familiar with Morristown and the surrounding area and can provide more assistance than the initial call taker. Furthermore, Summit PD 911 operator will have a direct radio link to responding officers, thereby reducing their response time.
Summit PBA Local #55, the union that represents your local police officers, conducts an annual sticker drive through the mail that is recognized by the City of Summit and the Police Department. Again, we will never contact you by telephone and encourage you to contact SPD with any questions or to report any suspicious requests for donations.