Five Dos and Don'ts When Dealing with the Police

  1. Do be cooperative and helpful.
  2. Do be truthful. You don’t want to make things worse by adding additional citations. For example, it is a crime to give a police officer a fake name.
  3. Do seek legal advice ASAP if you are arrested or ticketed. Students at UMass Amherst can contact Student Legal Services for legal services that are free of charge.
  4. Don’t argue with police.
  5. Don’t run or resist being arrested or ticketed. It is a crime to flee police on foot.