Ask a Cop: Do F.O.P. stickers prevent tickets?

Sgt. Chris Yagelski

Q: I am a member of the Indiana State Police Benevolent Association, and donated to the Sherriff’s Association and the F.O.P. Will the stickers they gave me affect whether I get a ticket or not?

A: Sorry. No it won’t. Stickers are the last thing a police officer is looking for. Politeness and honesty are your best friends in a traffic stop. Many officers already have an idea of what law enforcement action they are going to take when they stop you. However, honesty and good manners are very refreshing to many officers, so they may cut you some slack. Rudeness or argument, on the other hand, can turn a warning into a court appearance!

Q: Can I become a police officer if I’ve had a couple of misdemeanor arrests on my record?

A: It depends. Some misdemeanors will automatically disqualify you, such as anything related to perjury or any domestic violence arrest. Others will not necessarily exclude you, however, any and all criminal records are completely looked at. If you have multiple arrests, it will be difficult indeed.

Q: I just don’t know what to do, but I feel like I am being harassed. What can I do legally to stop my ex-mother-in-law and her family from posting pictures of me on Facebook without my consent?

A: You may contact Facebook if these pictures are in the wrong content or obscene in any way. However, this is a civil issue and not a criminal one. I recommend talking with her first, and if that does not work, you may contact an attorney for advice on a civil remedy.

Q: What can the police do to stop an armed person?

A: It depends. Dealing with a violent person is a fluid and dynamic situation. There is no easy one-size-fits-all answer. Generally speaking, a police officer is authorized to use any force, up to and including deadly force, when the officer believes it is reasonably necessary to stop an armed person who poses an imminent threat to the lives of others or themselves.

Q: Is it true that K-9 officers get to take the police dog home with them?

A: Absolutely! The K-9 officer and dog are considered a team. They work together, train together, live together and play together! We require our handler to board, feed and care for their assigned partner off duty. There is a stipend provided to the officer for their training time, food and supplies. Rarely does the pay cover everything the officer puts toward the care of their dog, but it doesn’t matter because it is their partner!

The winner of last column’s riddle sponsored by Dekker Vacuum Technologies of Michigan City was Robert Saylor of Michigan City. Let’s answer last column’s riddle of, “Which cell door led to freedom?” Of course, the answer was the orange door!

The sponsor of this week’s riddle is John and Sherry Sheets, owners of Three Sheets Bar and Grill in Michigan City. The winner receives a $30 gas card!

The seven dwarfs met with three friends and went to the movies to see “Bambi.” From the clues below, can you determine the order in which they stood in the ticket line?

Grumpy was in front of Dopey. Stumpy was behind Sneezy and Doc. Doc was in front of Droopy and Happy. Sleepy was behind Stumpy, Smelly and Happy. Happy was in front of Sleepy, Smelly and Bashful. Bashful was behind Smelly, Droopy and Sleepy. Sneezy was in front of Dopey. Smelly was in front of Grumpy, Stumpy and Sneezy. Dopey was in front of Droopy. Sleepy was in front of Grumpy and Bashful. Dopey was behind Sneezy, Doc and Sleepy. Stumpy was in front of Dopey. Smelly was behind Doc.

The third 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 e-mail ASKACOP@emichigancity.com.

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