What Should Preppers Know About Dealing With Police?

Most of us like to think the best of police and law enforcement officials. But we live in a society that’s rapidly losing freedoms and becoming more authoritarian.

We see police and other uniformed officials more often and in more places. A badge and gun can be intimidating. Or it can make us angry. We’d like just to be left alone. What should we as preppers know about dealling with police?

What should you do if you’re stopped by a cop? What if police want to search your car or home?

Should you whip out your copy of the Constitution and stand up for your rights? Or should you be passive and do everything you’re asked to do? What should you do so you don’t unintentionally end up on the “wrong side of the law?”

Those were some of the questions I discussed on DestinySurvival Radio with my guest, Steve Silverman, founder and executive director of FlexYourRights.org. I think you’ll appreciate what Steve had to say, and I strongly encourage you to listen to our conversation.

In the years FlexYourRights.org has been around, they’ve produced a couple of educational DVD’s and have a fantastic Frequently Asked Questions page on their site.

Their first DVD is “Busted: The Citizen’s Guide to Surviving Police Encounters.” The second is “10 Rules for Dealing with Police.” I’ve promoted that one here a couple of times before. Both can be purchased from FlexYourRights.org. You can also watch them on YouTube.

Billy Murphy, well known trial lawyer from Baltimore is featured prominently in “10 Rules.” You may know of him from the HBO series “Wired.”

Steve Silverman and I touched on several key questions. For example, what should you know…

  • If you’re stopped for a sobriety check?
  • If you’re stopped while driving and your passengers make a fuss?
  • To avoid being perceived by the cop as a physical threat?
  • To avoid being tricked by an officer?
  • Concerning your right to refuse having your car or homesearched?
  • Concerning your right to have a lawyer?

A few other issues came up worth noting.

Can the police legally trick you or lie to you? Is this all bad? We want law enforcement to get tough on criminals, don’t we?

Or are such tactics the result of the PATRIOT Act? Steve’s answer will surprise you.

At the end of the show we barely had time to touch on the difference between “probable cause” and “reasonable suspicion.” Steve agreed to be my guest again so we can flesh out that sticky topic and several others we didn’t have time to get to.

With Uncle Sam wanting to keep a closer eye on preppers, we need to know what to do and what not to do in an encounter with police or other law enforcement officials.

Hear my interview with Steve Silverman on DestinySurvival Radio for September 8, 2011. My apologies for intermittent static from an unknown source during the first part of the program.

Read about and here our second conversation when you Click here.

Be sure to check out FlexYourRights.org and get your own copy of one or both of their excellent DVD’s.


Watch “10 Rules for Dealing with Police”


Watch “BUSTED: The Citizen’s Guide to Surviving Police Encounters”


Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.

2 thoughts on “What Should Preppers Know About Dealing With Police?”

  1. I have to believe that dealing with the police is just common sense. I have family members that are policemen and they’re not out to get you. If you’ve been bad then you need to suffer the consequences, that’s life.

    1. The best way to apply that common sense is to use the helpful tips FlexYourRights.org recommends. What you might ordinarily think is common sense could get you in trouble.

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