Police in the United States and Lincoln don’t just take people to jail.
They are generally regarded as public servants who help and protect communities and their residents, regardless of race, religion or nationality. Police do arrest criminals, but they also patrol streets, assist victims of crime, enforce traffic laws, and sometimes help resolve minor disputes.
If Americans have to deal with a police officer, it is usually during a traffic stop for a minor violation such as speeding. There are three key things to remember if the flashing lights of a police car ever appear in your rearview mirror.
- Pull over immediately
- Do not get out of the car
- Make certain your hands are visible at all times
A police officer who pulls someone over for a traffic violation might ask for three things:
- Driver’s license
- Proof of car insurance
If you are the victim of a crime in a non-emergency situation,contact the Lincoln Police Department at 402-441-6000. A police officer will then meet with you to learn more information about the crime, and investigate the matter. In a situation such as stolen items from a car, the lost property may never be recovered, but reporting the theft does help police keep track of where crimes are committed and prevent them in the future. Also, a police report is often necessary to file an insurance claim on stolen property, which is sometimes part of a purchase agreement with cell phones or purchases made with a credit card.
In addition to city police, Nebraska law enforcement also includes county sheriff departments (deputies) and theNebraska State Patrol (troopers). Essentially, all of them do the same things, only in different areas. Officers in LPD police the city, while the deputies in the sheriff’s department focus more on the rural areas. And the state police cover the entire state, most visibly on major highways.
Anyone who deals with a Lincoln police officer should know that the LPD and its officers strive to conduct themselves with professional courtesy and fairness at all times, and anyone who experiences otherwise can file a complaint.