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    How do most of you deal with running someones plate at a traffic stop? Do you run the plate before approaching the driver? Or, after getting license, registration?
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    Always run the plate before I get out of the vehicle. Some agencies run it and actually wait to conduct the traffic stop after they get it from dispatch. Others won't get out of the vehicle before the plate is given back. Either way, give dispatch the plate and your location in case things get stupid.
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    • #3
      [QUOTE=LPD003;1405449]Always run the plate before I get out of the vehicle. Some agencies run it and actually wait to conduct the traffic stop after they get it from dispatch. Others won't get out of the vehicle before the plate is given back. Either way, give dispatch the plate and your location in case things get stupid.[/QUOTE

      Yep, well said. We (my SO and local PD bros...I'm a Probation Officer here in Nor Cal) always run our 10-28's before hitting a house and tossing for dope...or serving our warrants. Can't count how many 28's we've run on vehicles outside the residence that have revealed the possibility of bonus, wanted dirtbags we might encounter when we make entry. No brainer for officer safety.

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      • #4
        YES, I do. I'm in no rush to stop them. I will wait until I get there info back, and my location is good and them light them up.

        Now with that said, there are times when you don't have time and you just have to stop them and get your location and tag out quick. My zones partners and squad members are awsome about running the tags you call out also.

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        • #5
          Cool. Thanks for the replies officers.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by LPD003 View Post
            Always run the plate before I get out of the vehicle. Some agencies run it and actually wait to conduct the traffic stop after they get it from dispatch. Others won't get out of the vehicle before the plate is given back. Either way, give dispatch the plate and your location in case things get stupid.
            Originally posted by jdlong View Post
            Yep, well said. We (my SO and local PD bros...I'm a Probation Officer here in Nor Cal) always run our 10-28's before hitting a house and tossing for dope...or serving our warrants. Can't count how many 28's we've run on vehicles outside the residence that have revealed the possibility of bonus, wanted dirtbags we might encounter when we make entry. No brainer for officer safety.
            +1 to both!
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            • #7
              I run the tag, and then approach the driver. While talking to the driver, dispatch gives me the 28 back, and then I run the driver when I get back to my car.

              What I think I will start doing is running the tag and waitingfor the 28 to come back (like the USAF SF does) before approaching the driver.
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              • #8
                I have a related question: How much info does the plate give you about the registered owner? I assume name & address, but is birthdate, prior stops & citations, or other data related to the owner's driver's license linked to the license plate?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by britishdentist View Post
                  I have a related question: How much info does the plate give you about the registered owner? I assume name & address, but is birthdate, prior stops & citations, or other data related to the owner's driver's license linked to the license plate?
                  i usually run the plate before i even light the car up. this way i know the car isnt reported stolen and the registered owner(s) dont have a felony warrant before i go walking up there. also if i am

                  i dont know about other agencies/states but running the plate gives a lot more info on the vehicle and the registered owners than just name, date of birth, and address.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by britishdentist View Post
                    I have a related question: How much info does the plate give you about the registered owner? I assume name & address, but is birthdate, prior stops & citations, or other data related to the owner's driver's license linked to the license plate?
                    The only info we get are registered owner, registration expiration date; make, model, and year of car......you can run it 'unedited' to get a little more info, but not much,,,,,,

                    The main thing that will come up is if there are arrest warrants conncected with the vehicle, and if the vehicle is a reported stolen, reported armed/dangerous ect......

                    I always run the plate before making the stop......
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by LA DEP View Post
                      The only info we get are registered owner, registration expiration date; make, model, and year of car......you can run it 'unedited' to get a little more info, but not much,,,,,,

                      The main thing that will come up is if there are arrest warrants connected with the vehicle, and if the vehicle is a reported stolen, reported armed/dangerous etc......
                      We do get the address of the owner too, but other than that, it's about the same.
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                      • #12
                        We are lucky if any of our cars have a computer, or one that works rather.
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                        • #13
                          If I was a crook and wanted to learn about police tactics, I for sure would visit this site.

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