When Stopped by Police

The Dilworth Police Department is proud to have a very intensive traffic safety program in place. These efforts are put forth to help keep the motoring public safe. There are many different reasons why you might be stopped by the police.

- You may have committed a traffic infraction/offense.

- The police may want to warn you about a potentially dangerous situation.

- Your vehicle may match the description of one used in a crime.

- You may have witnessed a crime.

Here is what you should do when an officers stops you:

- Minnesota law requires that motorists pull as far to the right as practical and come to a complete stop on the approach of any emergency vehicle with emergency lights/siren activated.

- DO NOT exit your vehicle unless asked to do so by the officer.

- DO keep your hands in plain view on the steering wheel, so the officer can see them.

- DO NOT make any sudden movements inside the vehicle, especially toward the floorboard, rear seat, or glove box areas.

- If your license, vehicle registration, or insurance information are not within reach, tell the officer where they are located before you attempt to retrieve them.

If you have a question about a procedure, or a complaint about the officer, contact the Department at 218-287-2666 and ask to speak with the Chief of Police. If you want to send a letter of compliment because an officer was particularly helpful or professional, you may send a letter to the Chief of Police.

- Be sure that you and all your passengers always use safety seat belts. It is the law and they do save lives.

- DO NOT drink and drive. If you drink, use a designated driver.

- Observe and obey all posted speed limits. 

- Drive defensively and with courtesy for your fellow motorists.