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Police discuss do's and don'ts of law enforcement interaction

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

"When we approach somebody on the street, take your hands out of your pocket. We'll ask your name, if you have an ID and we'll ask to see your ID," Saginaw police Det. Rob Adams said.

Saginaw police want you to know the do's and don'ts of interacting with police on the streets.

First thing first, and contrary to what you may think, police said there is always a reason when they approach and want to talk.

"Maybe a crime was just committed and we do want to see if you’re involved or you saw what happened," Adams said.

Adams said the key is cooperation. When citizens don't comply with orders, it's only natural for police to think you may be hiding something.

That means being honest in your answers, with hands out of your pockets. And in the case of a search he insists there's always a reason.

"If someone is not being cooperative maybe they are involved in a crime that's happened," Adams said.

Sgt. Reggie Williams said it's not always what you say that may draw unwanted attention, it's also how you say it.

"Staying calm in any situation is going to be beneficial," Williams said.

Williams also wanted to make clear that Saginaw residents have a lot to be proud of. He said crime is down and much of that has to do with the citizens.

"I think that's a testament to good policing and good community policing and our community stepping up as well," Williams said.

Adams said the point of this is not to lecture citizens rather to make sure everyone involved stays safe.

"Bottom line is we want to go home at night and we want you to go home at night," Adams said. "We don't want to mess with anybody. We want to do our job the best that we can and make the community a safer place."

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