Q: Is it a law that the police must show you a badge, or be in uniform before they can take any kind of action or can they just tell you that they are the police?
A: It really depends on the situation. If the officer is taking some sort of enforcement action, then at a reasonable time they should identify themselves in a reasonable manner. This is in the form of verbal, a picture I.D. and, of course, a badge.
If an off duty or plainclothes officer knocks on your door and asks to speak with you, it is certainly reasonable to request to see identification and a badge. If you have any doubt at all of their identity you may call the department and we will verify the officer or send a marked unit to your home.
Finally, asking an officer to show you a badge or I.D. in the middle of a fight, chase or some other dangerous situation is not always feasible. Every incident is situationally dependent, but eventually you will find out the person helping you, chasing you, arresting you, or protecting you is truly a police officer.
Q: Who is at the police station all night after everyone goes home?
A: It really depends on the night. We always have a station commander and desk officer at all times. We have other supervisory personnel that come and go, including officers who may have made an arrest, are submitting reports or evidence, or detectives doing late night investigations.
Q: I really want to be an officer but I hate to take tests. What kind of tests do they make you take at the police academy? Is it really hard?
A: The entire academy is a test of a new recruit’s mental, emotional and physical ability to complete a long and demanding course of instruction. So this profession is probably not for you as we test officers all the time! At the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy there are written and oral tests daily that cover everything from criminal, traffic and law procedures, to firearms, first aid and arrest procedures. The academy is similar to “boot camp” where there are performance tests throughout where the recruit not only must pass every test but be able to demonstrate their ability to perform specific tasks such as physical fitness, firearm proficiency, defensive tactics, and medical techniques of a first responder. There are also larger performance tests that measure the recruit’s ability to handle complex scenario’s such as investigating accidents, processing crime scenes, investigating domestic violence, and responding to an active shooting situation.
Q: My mom rented a car for a week while her car is getting fixed in the body shop. My question is, I am 19 years old and I have a valid driver’s license, so can I legally drive it when she is not using it?
A: If the rental car company is operating in a manner that most do, the answer is, “No." Only authorized drivers may operate the vehicle. Most companies charge extra for additional drivers, and some do not allow driver’s under 21. All rental contracts usually spell this out.
The winner of the $30 gas card sponsored by Root Funeral Home of Michigan City was Mary Donnelly of New Buffalo, Michigan. The answer to last column’s riddle of who committed the burglary? It was Andrew. Andrew had black hair and a wife named Julie!
The sponsor for this week’s riddle is BIG “R” in Michigan City. The winner receives $30 gas card.
Corporal Steve Alt is working on an estimate for new bullet proof vests for our officers. He came up with a very good package for the vest but he can’t decide on the outside carrier because he only has so much in the budget. The cost of the vest and the carrier is $410, and the vest is $400 more than the carrier. How much will he report that the carrier for each vest will cost?
The 6th correct answer by phone or email at exactly 1 p.m. today wins.
To answer a question or ask one, contact Sgt. Chris Yagelski at
873-1461, Ext #333, or e-mail ASKACOP@emichigancity.com