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Frequently Asked Student Questions of the Police

A project of the City of Davis-UCD Student Liaison Commission's Police-Student Relations Sub-Committee

Revised on February 9, 2006

This list of questions was created by the members of the Police-Student Relations Sub-Committee. The questions were submitted to both police departments. Their answers are stated below.

  1. Frequently Asked Student Questions of the Police
      1. 1. What is the typical procedure used by the Police Department when approaching a student party?
      2. 2. What should we do if a police officer arrives at our event?
      3. 3. I heard we can we just close the door and ignore the police. Is that correct?
      4. 4. Who do the police hold responsible for the party?
      5. 5. Why do sometimes a large number of police officers arrive at a party, when only 1 or 2 would suffice?
      6. 6. Am I allowed to argue with the officer?
      7. 7. What if my roommate throws a party and I answer the door?
      8. 8. If we agree to quiet down can the party continue?
      9. 9. What if the police find a minor in possession of alcohol at my party? Who is a minor?
      10. 10. Am I responsible for people who leave my party inebriated?
      11. 11. If police respond to a party can they enter my house without permission?
      12. 12. If police respond to my party does that mean a complaint has been phoned in?
      13. 13. What if we have a party and it gets out of control. Can we call the police for help?
      14. 14. If we notify the police about an event we are having does that mean they will know about it and break it up sooner?
      15. 15. When officers tell us to clear a party in 3 minutes, aren't they encouraging driving while intoxicated?
      16. 16. Do police officers cruise around looking for parties?
      17. 17. What happens when I get a noise violation?
      18. 18. What is the penalty for a noise violation?
      19. 19. Why do the police give out multiple noise tickets at once?
      20. 20. What if I believe a neighbor is simply harassing me by phoning in complaints?
      21. 21. How can I get to know the police office assigned to my neighborhood?
      22. 22. If the police find illegal drugs at my residence that someone else brought in will they cite me?
      23. 23. Does a citation give me a criminal record?
      24. 24. What should I do if I think a police offer has treated me rudely or unfairly?
      25. 25. How do I file a complaint against a police officer?

1. What is the typical procedure used by the Police Department when approaching a student party?

2. What should we do if a police officer arrives at our event?

3. I heard we can we just close the door and ignore the police. Is that correct?

4. Who do the police hold responsible for the party?

5. Why do sometimes a large number of police officers arrive at a party, when only 1 or 2 would suffice?

6. Am I allowed to argue with the officer?

7. What if my roommate throws a party and I answer the door?

8. If we agree to quiet down can the party continue?

9. What if the police find a minor in possession of alcohol at my party? Who is a minor?

10. Am I responsible for people who leave my party inebriated?

11. If police respond to a party can they enter my house without permission?

12. If police respond to my party does that mean a complaint has been phoned in?

13. What if we have a party and it gets out of control. Can we call the police for help?

14. If we notify the police about an event we are having does that mean they will know about it and break it up sooner?

What is the benefit to letting police know we're going to have a party?

15. When officers tell us to clear a party in 3 minutes, aren't they encouraging driving while intoxicated?

Can people stay at the party location until they are sober enough to drive?

16. Do police officers cruise around looking for parties?

17. What happens when I get a noise violation?

18. What is the penalty for a noise violation?

19. Why do the police give out multiple noise tickets at once?

20. What if I believe a neighbor is simply harassing me by phoning in complaints?

21. How can I get to know the police office assigned to my neighborhood?

22. If the police find illegal drugs at my residence that someone else brought in will they cite me?

23. Does a citation give me a criminal record?

24. What should I do if I think a police offer has treated me rudely or unfairly?

25. How do I file a complaint against a police officer?


Questions Answered by: UCD Police Department: Cpt. Leslie Brown, <lkbbrown AT ucdavis DOT edu>

City of Davis-UCD Student Liaison Commission's Police-Student Relations Sub-Committee

Thank you to the following individuals for their contribution in improving relations between students and the police departments:

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