Most of us have been pulled over by a police officer at one time or another, and it can be a stressful experience even if you know you’ve done nothing harmful or if it’s your first time and you’re not sure how to deal with the stop. Many are intimidated by a traffic stop, but the Laredo Police are reaching out to citizens in hopes that tensions are erased during these stops.
Along with the Peacekeeper Movement, Laredo Police are issuing educational material that tells drivers how to interact with police after being pulled over. Those in law enforcement, as well as school students and those taking driver’s education classes will be versed in the basics of being stopped. This includes not reaching into unseen areas to obtain registration, identification and proof of insurance.
There have been several deaths from unarmed citizens in the area over the years as the protocol of being pulled over wasn’t followed. The program is hoping that both police and citizens are able to trust one another to make the process as smooth as possible. Now, youngsters in Laredo will be more aware of a police officer’s point of view during a stop, and officers will be educated as well.