Q. I am 16 years old and not happy at home. My buddy is moving to Florida and said I can go along with him. Is this considered running away? Can I get into legal trouble doing this?

A: Yes, you can! You are not an adult and you have to obey your parents. If you leave home without permission (especially out of state), you can be arrested, detained and returned to your parents (your parents will have to travel to pick you up) or taken to a juvenile detention facility (jail). Home doesn’t sound so bad huh?

Q: Do most police departments in the state of Indiana have a K-9 unit or is it just the bigger cities?

A: More and more departments are obtaining K-9 units as it is a big advantage in law enforcement to assist in search, rescues and detention. However, it is extremely costly and a lot of agencies cannot afford it. Luckily, nearly all departments have access to K-9 help through mutual aid.

Q: When you get out of the police academy, do you get an option to decide where you want to work in the department based on your scores and performance?

A: Once our officers have graduated from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy, they go directly to uniform patrol. You begin to learn from senior officers in our field training program of how to put all your training to use and hone your skills. As an officer grows in the department, they can earn their way into a specialized position.

Q: Is it legal for the police to run radar after dark without being able to see the color of the car?

A: Yes! Just as with motorists who don’t slow down at night, neither does traffic enforcement. Police officers do not have to determine the color of a car to stop a car.

Q: What is the difference between the legal terms Pro Bono and Pro Se?

A: They are completely different. Pro Bono is when an attorney volunteers to handle a client’s case without charging any money. Pro Se is when a person represents themselves in a legal matter without the help of an attorney.

The winner of the $30 gas card sponsored by Dr. Robert Angelo and his staff in Michigan City was Rita Newman of Michigan City. Let’s answer last column’s riddle of how many legs were on the floor when you entered the room? There were six legs on the floor: Four legs from the bed and your two as you stood in the room. All the other animals were on the bed, not on the floor!

The sponsor for this week’s riddle is Escape Quest located at 301 W. U.S. 20 Ste. 5 in Michigan City. This week’s winner receives a $30 gas card.

Don’t scream and don’t pout, just try to figure this one out. What is the four-digit number in which the first digit is the regulation number of players that can play on a basketball team, the second and third digits are the product of three times the first digit, and the last digit is the sum of the second and third digits.

The 9th 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 . #1020, or email ASKACOP@emichigancity.com.

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