Why Might a Police Officer Question You?

When law enforcement authorities question a person, there are either direct or underlying reasons necessitating such contact. They may be checking out a complaint phoned into police by someone in their neighborhood, or they may have received a report of some criminal activity that had just occurred in the immediate area. Your presence might indicate that you are a potential witness who would be able to provide valuable information in an investigation. In some cases, the officers’ observations might lead them to think you are having trouble and need assistance. With all due respect to citizens’ rights, officers have a responsibility to properly investigate matters that may threaten public safety or involve breaking the law. Their questions are not accusations, but rather clarification for circumstances that they see as needing attention. Your cooperative response alleviates potential conflict and eliminates wasting time on irrelevant circumstances.