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Collectonian
08-06-2010, 11:13 PM
Tossing around an idea at the moment and trying to figure out how the police would respond in my overall set up situation. Presuming a middling size town, population 100-200k, suburbian type area with some "country" type roads around the edges of town, generally low major crime rate, and solid police force.

A person is pulled for a traffic violation on a lower traffic road. The driver is friendly and seems like just a routine stop. As the officer is running her license and all in his vehicle, a man comes up and shoots him twice. The pulled driver leaves out of fear and calls 911 on their cell phone to report the crime, and the shooter only manages to shoot out her back window.



Do officers call in when they do a traffic stop, or would he have not called in until it was done?
Will the police be able to relatively quickly figure out who the officer is and where he was stopped when the driver calls, or will they be dependent on the driver's description of where they were stopped?
Would the 911 operator direct the driver to the nearest police station or have them stop at the next store/"safe" stop along the road until someone comes to meet them?
The shooter took the driver's license from the cop's car as the driver clearly saw the shooter, including getting their photo; would the cops do anything, like putting the driver in a "safe house", until the shooter is caught, or would they just make some safety recommendations and send them on their way once they have their statement? If the latter, would this change if two more cops are killed in the same way within the next 24 hours?
The driver got the shooter's picture on their digital camera - will the police just download the shots and give back the SD card or will they insist on keeping the entire card for evidence?

Thanks (and if there are any good general sites for basic police procedure, would love recs for bookmarking for future reference)

Drachen Jager
08-07-2010, 06:25 AM
1) they call in.

2) They'd figure it out pretty quickly, a few minutes tops.

3) don't know

4) safety recommendation, stay at a friend's house.

5) Keep the card and probably the camera. With card and camera you could pinpoint the exact time the picture was taken and that might be important in a court case.

Some things would be a bit regional so you do have some leeway and some departments are more lax than others. Just think to yourself what would be the smartest/safest thing to do in the situation and that's probably the procedure.

RJK
08-07-2010, 05:58 PM
Do officers call in when they do a traffic stop, or would he have not called in until it was done? The officer gives the plate number and his location and why he's stopping the car. Normally, a backup car is dispatched to his location, depending on how busy they are, the second car may not get there before he clears.
Will the police be able to relatively quickly figure out who the officer is and where he was stopped when the driver calls, or will they be dependent on the driver's description of where they were stopped? See # 1
Would the 911 operator direct the driver to the nearest police station or have them stop at the next store/"safe" stop along the road until someone comes to meet them? The dispatcher would direct the caller to a public place if he is sure she is not being pursued.
The shooter took the driver's license from the cop's car as the driver clearly saw the shooter, including getting their photo; would the cops do anything, like putting the driver in a "safe house", until the shooter is caught, or would they just make some safety recommendations and send them on their way once they have their statement? If the latter, would this change if two more cops are killed in the same way within the next 24 hours? If the woman is able to ID the shooter, and the shooter has her name and address, the cops will either provide protection at her home, or move her to someplace safe. It doesn't get more serious than killing a cop. They'd throw all they have at finding the guy.
The driver got the shooter's picture on their digital camera - will the police just download the shots and give back the SD card or will they insist on keeping the entire card for evidence? Probably keep the card until the case is settled.

Collectonian
08-07-2010, 07:40 PM
Great, thanks to both :-)

For the SD card, would they let her get her other pictures off of it before keeping it?

Tsu Dho Nimh
08-07-2010, 11:12 PM
Do officers call in when they do a traffic stop, or would he have not called in until it was done?
Yes, and usually give location, plate number and description of the vehicle as they do ... just in case.

Will the police be able to relatively quickly figure out who the officer is and where he was stopped when the driver calls, or will they be dependent on the driver's description of where they were stopped?
Our police would know where the stop took place already.

Would the 911 operator direct the driver to the nearest police station or have them stop at the next store/"safe" stop along the road until someone comes to meet them?
Depends ... they might even ask them to return to the scene, go to the closest well-lit area, go to closest hospital ... anywhere reasonable and safe.

The shooter took the driver's license from the cop's car as the driver clearly saw the shooter, including getting their photo; would the cops do anything, like putting the driver in a "safe house", until the shooter is caught, or would they just make some safety recommendations and send them on their way once they have their statement?

If the cops know they have a good witness, and they know the killer knows who the witness is, that witness and their family would have a police guard at the least, maybe be moved to a hotel or something

The driver got the shooter's picture on their digital camera - will the police just download the shots and give back the SD card or will they insist on keeping the entire card for evidence? Never thought of that ... keeping the entire camera, SD card and all, slapping it into a sealed evidence envelope and returning the files of the non-crime photos later would be my guess. And returning the camera later, after the forensics team has done their stuff.