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Old 04-26-2016, 10:16 AM   #1
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Protocol Question: LEO's input request

I have a protocol question primarily targetted at our members who are/were in law enforcement.

If stopped by a LEO while driving a bus, what is the preferred protocol? Do I open the door curbside and interact with the officer while his boots remain firmly on the ground, or do I invite him in?

I dont want to use the drivers window as that puts him in a high-risk position near traffic, but by the same token I dont want to have to argue that opening the door for him as a courtesy was an invitation (or implied consent) to a search.

I guess what I'm trying to do is balance my rights against his safety, and do it in a way that isnt viewed as being any species of contempt or compromise.

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Old 04-26-2016, 10:20 AM   #2
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I have a protocol question primarily targetted at our members who are/were in law enforcement.

If stopped by a LEO while driving a bus, what is the preferred protocol? Do I open the door curbside and interact with the officer while his boots remain firmly on the ground, or do I invite him in?

I dont want to use the drivers window as that puts him in a high-risk position near traffic, but by the same token I dont want to have to argue that opening the door for him as a courtesy was an invitation (or implied consent) to a search.

I guess what I'm trying to do is balance my rights against his safety, and do it in a way that isnt viewed as being any species of contempt or compromise.

Thoughts?
LOL they're like vampires, man... never invite them in!
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Old 04-26-2016, 10:42 AM   #3
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LOL they're like vampires, man... never invite them in!

I'm still snorting. Thankfully no coffee shot out.

The officer will decide were he approaches your vehicle, not you.
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Old 04-26-2016, 11:32 AM   #4
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If you don't mind a short story... shortly after buying my first bus, and while it still looked very much like a school bus, we went out one night into the foothills at the edge of town and set up to watch a movie. Generator outside, video projector inside, white bed sheet hung across the aisle as a projection screen. We weren't there long before there came a knock -- an officer from the local police department who thought things looked a little curious (rightfully so, in hind sight!) and wanted to ask a few questions. My experience with that particular officer was that even though I opened the door to talk, he remained outside until I asked if he wanted to come in. (I know, and even knew then, one shouldn't do that.. but I did anyway for some reason.)

In my current build there isn't any door at the front on either side. I guess what I'd do is watch in the mirrors to see whether the officer picks the left or right side, and move (if necessary) to open a sliding window on the side the officer approaches.

Supposing you have a functioning and accessible window just behind your front door I think it'd be reasonable to interact through that instead of opening the door. Just as with a passenger car, the officer may feel more secure if you don't open any doors and instead interact through a window.
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Old 04-26-2016, 01:03 PM   #5
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I always like cops, but these days when I approach one they have their hand on their pistol. Cops think I look like a criminal, and criminals think I look like a cop. Actually I was a paralegal, so I don't consider myself to be dangerous. Maybe stupid dangerous, but not intentionally dangerous.
Think about how you would feel if you were stopping a bus and not being able to see what probably multiple people are doing inside the bus. Personally I would wait until the officer approached, then ask if it's ok for you to exit the bus with your registration and insurance documents. You can also put both hands out the drivers window so they can see you're empty handed. If it's raining he probably won't stand around that long. On the other hand, most people with buses aren't the dangerous type.
Why do we see motorcycle cops primarily on rainy days? That's some angry cops, and rightfully so.
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Old 04-26-2016, 10:28 PM   #6
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I've been pulled over once in my bus. I went through a questionable yellow light. He was coming from ahead on the opposite lane. Right as he passed my driver window, he turned on his lights and whipped a u-turn. I seen him, and just pulled over completely off the highway, on the shoulder. The same question I had in my head was what side he was coming to. He came to the passenger side main door. So I just opened the door. He did not even try to come in, asked a couple questions, then told me that he pulled me over because I was dragging a cord. I hopped out and looked. Sure enough it was my electric cord. I thanked him and he was on his way. He even offered me a few suggestions on where I could replace it, before I got to where we were camping. Since then, I added a plug on the bus and no longer have a fixed cord.
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Old 04-27-2016, 06:28 AM   #7
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nowadays, I sit in place and just see what will happen

I personally would never just get up and wander around the bus and surprise him/her with a door suddenly opening up, that is just me wearing my tin foil hat

also the bus is your home/Castle (depending on the state) and they are not allowed inside unless invited, like vampires if they have permission then all bets are off, they still may need a search warrant to "explore" your home...varies by state and locale

I don't have anything to hide, and don't do shady stuff

still, do not invite the man into your life, period
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Old 04-27-2016, 06:53 AM   #8
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1st thing is you no longer have any rights in america. law enforcement is out of control in this country.drive nice,be nice and hope you dont get.can someone explain to me how you can get pulled over for no seat belt while you watch people go by on a motorcycle? its not about safety, its about control and revenue. i m o of course
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Old 04-27-2016, 09:55 AM   #9
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that is just me wearing my tin foil hat
Hey, just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean they're not after you...
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It's not paranoia if they really are after you.

Ok, yeah that does sound kind of paranoid.
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