Police Stops

Northwestern University Police Department has deep respect for the diversity of our community. We are committed to serving and protecting our community in a fair and impartial manner that promotes respect and inclusiveness of all members of our community. We are dedicated to protecting the rights of all community members at all times.

Stopping members of the community for traffic enforcement, or any other reason, based solely on race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, socio-economic background, or gender is illegal, unconstitutional, unprofessional, and inconsistent with the values, ethics and ideals of the police profession and the University.

We recognize that being stopped or encountered by the police can be a significant emotional experience. To help you understand why you might be stopped by an officer, and how you can expect to be treated, it’s important for you to understand what you can expect when an officer stops you.

We also want you to know that you have the right to compliment or complain about an officer’s actions. The department will fully uphold its obligation to the community to thoroughly, fairly and impartially investigate incidents of racial profiling or other police misconduct. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We want to hear from you!

For more information, review the Police Stops Guide (pdf).