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Police officers in North Carolina use blue lights. There are many types of police cars with many different looks and colors. If you see blue lights behind you, you are required to pull over to the right in a safe place for you and the officer out of traffic. If it is an unmarked police car it will still have blue lights. Most officers will be in police uniform with identification and police badge. If the officer is a plainclothes officer, you may ask to see their identification and badge. Sit and wait for the officer to request your valid driver’s license, insurance, and registration cards.
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Often the officer will do computer checks of the vehicle before approaching your vehicle. You should remain in your vehicle and not exit unless told to do so. It is a good practice for you to place your hands on the steering wheel or where your hands can be seen by the officer so the officer does not perceive you as a threat. Have your passengers do the same with their hands. You can turn on the interior light.
The officer will likely ask for your:
If you are driving without a driver's license you will either receive a citation (which means that you will be given a ticket with a date to appear in court). The other option that the officer has is to make an arrest. The decision is up to the officer's discretion. The more you can cooperate and be honest with the officer to provide identifying information the greater your chances are of receiving a citation and not getting arrested.
You are not required to do anything if you get a warning.
The Boone Police Department does not generally report arrests to ICE. It is rare that officers would even ask your legal status, as we do not have the authority to enforce immigration laws.
Yes, of course. The Boone Police Department will its best to help anyone regardless of legal status or ability to speak English.
We patrol all neighborhoods. Areas that have higher crime generally receive more patrol activity. We also respond to calls for service throughout the town of Boone and requests for extra patrols.
All local law enforcement agencies can, and generally do, conduct check points.
Police officers are public servants and guardians of the community. Police officers have the duty to uphold the law, but we want to do so in the most professional manner possible. While the vast majority of police officers are honorable and do the right thing if you feel like our officer did something wrong you may make a complaint. If you have a complaint about a Boone Police
Officer you can contact the Boone Police Department at 828-268-6900 and ask to speak with a supervisor. The supervisor will take your complaint and investigate the situation.
That is a great question, but unfortunately, it is not one we can help with if you are not here legally. This involves state law. Police only enforce the law we do not write the law.
Any documents that can help identify you are better than nothing if you cannot get an official State identification.
The Boone Police are not doing round-ups. We have been invited to many meetings and no one has been arrested yet. Also, please understand that we cannot give people permission to break the laws that we are responsible to enforce, such as driving without a license, etc.
Contact the appropriate person(s) or office listed below. If you do not get a satisfactory response, you have the right to make a formal complaint to the Board of Education, individual school principal, Boone Police Department, or NAACP - Watauga (whichever is appropriate).
Call 911. Boone Police will help anyone who calls us for help. We do have translation services that we can call upon if needed.