Home     Links     Contact Us     Bookmark  
   Homepage      News      Legal Forum      Dictionary  
Home : Legal Forum : Law Enforcement & Police

Does a Police Officer have to identify themselves if you ask them?
Find answers to your legal question.

Does a Police Officer have to identify themselves if you ask them?

If you approach and ask an officer (even one working undercover) if they are with the Police, are they legally required to answer truthfully?

Of course not! That would TOTALLY defeat the purpose of being undercover and every bad guy selling crack on the corner would be asking every customer if they were the police before every sale! Sort of funny if you think about it! :)

Lovely J
Yes. An officer must identify themselveas well as give badge number.

No. We live in a police state, where cops may operate secretly (hence, "secret police").

Undercover....no....in uniform....yes

No, they do not have to answer. That defeats the purpose of being undercover. The only time they are required to ID themselves is when they are detaining you, or exercising their authority in some other way.


Mr. Goodhi ©


Fred P
If they are working in uniform, they generally will have a name badge - that takes care of that issue. If out of uniform (ie, working undercover or investigations), they don't HAVE to identify themselves at all. Calif Deputy

John D

Mr & Mrs O'Neil

Legal Discussion Forum

 Does LSD show up in random drug screens?
ITS SENT OFF TO A LAB AND TESTED I DONT THINK IT DOES BUT IM NOT TO SHURE.. I JUST WANT TO MAKE SHURE FIRST Its a random drug screen thats tested in a lab. I jus want to be apsoutly shure first ...

 charges for 15 year old in possession of alcohol?
i am 15 living in florida and recently got caught by cops with 3 bottles of alcohol, i have to go to court over this, what will me charges be? i was put in cuffs at 711, and two of the bottles were ...

 Lying about details in a police report?
I walked into a gas station I believed was being robbed, because I think I heard him saying to the attendant; give me the money and they attendant said; I cant open it unless I entere a transaction, ...

 Is it illegal for a citizen to own handcuffs in Australia?
And not the furry novelty ones. Ones that require a key to be unlocked....

 she has negative five on her liscence, and just got 18 over will her liscence be suspended? (virginia)?
My sister just got a speeding ticket she is 19 years old. Will she have her liscence suspended if i am not mistaken since she had negative five already with th speeding of 18 over is another minus 4 ...

 How do I turn in a parole vilator, but I don't know which county?
There is a girl living with my nephew who lives with my sister. My sister didn't want this girl living with them. She's lazy, on drugs and is nothing... She is a parole vilator for drug ...

 Can i get a restraining order against a former friend?
I have a former friends who has all the sudden become harrassing cause they dont like whom im friends with and whom i am dating. He has been harrassing me and my other friend online. Not only that ...

 Is it worth it being a victorian police officer?

 If I experimented with drugs (weed, cocaine ONCE) in college 3 years ago, will this auto disqualify me for CHP
I know they polygraph you...if this is a question, will I be automatically disqualified? The website says length of time etc... *Obviously, if you read "in college," you would notice that I ...

 Cufew Hours for Justice, Illinois!?!?!?!?
What are the curfew hours for Justice, Illinois, 60458? What age does curfew end?...

 hey how r u i'm wanted to work for the police but i have a tattoo on my lower back does that mean i can't join

 can you lawsuit a person who keeps accusing you for stealing his property?
this person about 2 months ago lost his three-finger ring in a value of $1000 and he keeps indirectly accusing you for stealing the ring. (this person lives in the same house as i(i can't move ...

 went up a one way street whats my defence?
apon entering the one way street, the tree's were covering the no entry sign and instead of doing a U-turn i continue down to the end of the street were guess who was waiting for me?By the way ...

 How do I fight a improper right turn citation?
I approached a red light and was making a right turn. I stopped and checked traffic which was clear. I was just making my turn when a vehicle that was making a left U-turn entered my lane, hitting ...

 What will is the judge going to do?
In December I had made a mistake and gotten a consumption on alcohol ticket (I am 19) and the officer also get me a disturbing the peace ticket as well. The judge put me on 6 months court ...

 I lied to an officier and told them I crashed a car, they found out i didn't crash the car, how long will this

 Driving blind in the U.S.A?
I'm coming to the U.S soon but i don't know your laws,you see i would like to drive around but my problem is that i'm blind,can i drive with a realy long cane or can my dog sit on the ...

 How does it work when a cop is standing outside of his car with a radar gun?
I'm just wondering if a cop isn't in the car when / if he catches someone speeding, does he have to get in the car and track the person down? Or does the ticket get issued via the mail?...

 Can police pull people over for multi-tasking, e.g. putting on lipstick?

 Cal speeding ticket 40 in a 25??
22350 vc ...40 in a 25....what will the price be in california??...

Copyright (c) 2009-2013 Wiki Law 3k Thursday, February 11, 2016 - Trusted legal information for you.
Archive: Forum  |  Forum  |  Forum  |  Links