A Civilian’s Guide to Safe
Encounters with the Police
By Marvin Mitchell
CODE 4 is police jargon for “the situation is under control”, and that is the status of most traffic stops. But did you know the Police seriously injure thousands of unarmed people each year? It happens because most of those individuals were never taught the rules-of-engagement for safe police encounters.
This book fills that void by teaching the reader how to conduct oneself in a manner that puts the officer at ease. This creates a mutually respectful environment where both sides win, and everyone goes home alive and well. In addition to learning how to reduce the chances for a deadly situation, the reader will also learn:
- The top 10 ways to stay safe during police encounters
- Why you should never consent to a search
- How to politely refuse a request to search your property
- How you should behave doing an investigation
- Your rights and responsibilities in your home
- Things to do and things not to do if you are ever arrested
- Keeping a legal firearm in your glove box can be dangerous
- And much more
My name is Marvin Mitchell. I was honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps when I was twenty-one, and I spent the following three decades as a software developer and entrepreneur. I spent my Saturdays serving with an organization called MAD DADS. This is where dozens of fathers and grandfathers gathered regularly, and we would protest in front of the neighborhood’s crack houses.
I also spent the first Sunday of each month traveling to various penal institutions and serving as a prison ministry volunteer. That’s a quick snapshot of my story. If you would like more information about the inspiration behind this book, please check out my interview.
My life experiences have led me to the following conclusion—the surest way to protect yourself from being unnecessarily injured by law enforcement is to learn the rules-of-engagement for safe police encounters—and using them when necessary.
The main thing one has to remember is that cops do not respond to your intentions, they respond to their perceptions of your intentions. That is why everyone must learn the rules-of-engagement for police encounters. This book is a fast read, but it may well be the most important book you will ever read.
If you think this book isn't for you, my team and I have created a free online Safe Police Encounters Quiz so you can know for sure.
Before you have "the talk" with your son or daughter about how to safely interact with police officers, ready this book to make sure you cover all the important points.