Police Officers are generally overworked underpaid and overweight. They’re taught not to say certain phrases which include:

“Calm down”
“There’s nothing I can do to help you”
“You’re going to get a ticket if you keep this up”
“You’re going to get arrested if you keep this up”

Keep in mind, Police Officers are taught NOT to say any of the above phrases. There’s probably a good chance that you’ve heard at least one of them if you’ve ever dealt with the Police before. This is definitely a “two-way street” since there are phrases we shouldn’t say to the Police…but probably do any way.


1. Why are you pulling me over?
Police Officers generally pull you over because you’ve committed a traffic violation, they suspect you’re about to or committed a crime. Matching the description of someone who committed a crime falls along those lines. Saying “why are you pulling me over?” will make the cop feel like you’re challenging or questioning the reason their stopping you. This basically puts you in damage control from the very beginning. It would be much more beneficial to say “Officer, I don’t know what I’ve done wrong but I’d like to apologize in advance because I’d never intentionally break the law and I certainly wouldn’t disrespect you by doing it right in front of you.” It may be a good idea to tape this to the inside of your door towards the top so you can read it and appear like you’re looking at the cop.


2. I want him/her arrested!/I want to press charges/I want a report

In most states, you have the option to press charges or have someone arrested if you’re the victim of a crime. The Police already know this. Once they arrive and find out what happened, they’ll usually ask the victim if they’d like to press charges. It is their job to make an arrest if a victim of a crime is accusing someone that is there. There’s no rule Police Officers follow that allows them to get in their car and drive away if no one says “I want to press charges.” This isn’t the best thing to say because Police Officers tend to be in control of the situation for their own safety. You saying “I want to press charges” takes that control away from them. This will most likely agitate them which won’t help the situation.

The best way to go about this is to tell the Police your side of the story. The Police will usually ask you if you’d like to press charges, want a report, etc. It is acceptable to use these statements when you’re answering a question. If the Police don’t ask you, then you can say, “Officer, I don’t want to tell you how to do your job but if this situation allows for it, I’d like to have some type of action taken against the person that did this to me.” This is much more effective than saying “I want this” or “You have to do this.” Also, certain situations allow the Police to arrest people regardless of what the victim wants to do.

3. I want to speak with your supervisor
This could potentially be both good and bad to say depending on the situation. If you truly feel like Police Officers you’ve just dealt with aren’t doing their jobs properly then by all means ask to speak to their supervisor by saying “Officer, is there any way a supervisor would be able to come and evaluate this situation?”

4. I’ve been waiting for x minutes
Police Officers have to answer many jobs spread over a large area. It can sometimes take a long time for them to “make their way down the list.” Granted sometimes they may eating or stopping for coffee which can account for their delay. It still isn’t a helpful thing to say since it starts off the interaction on the wrong foot. If you feel like you must say something, try “Thank you for coming Officer. I’ve been waiting for quite some time.” Restaurants and other businesses that cater to customer service will usully apologize and/or offer some type of compensation for a long wait if you bring it up to them. Police Departments do not work this way and complaining about a long wait won’t do you any good.


5. I pay taxes/your salary
This is purely a combative statement and will not help you in any way. Avoid it at all costs.

6. Any statements based on race or pigs, bacon, pork, etc. will not help you in any way

By making slight changes to phrases we can turn our interaction with the Police from bad to good. They are, after all, there to help us and saying the wrong thing will only make things harder for you. The above examples are commonly used among people. There are, of course, other examples that would also have a negative impact. These examples include anything that: challenges authority, is demanding, and belittles Police Officers. Keep in mind, these are just general guidelines. Tonality and how you go about using these lines will also be different for everyone.