OK after numerous pages of "the other thread" I think we all know how we feel about professional courtesy. However I think a real problem is that in different parts of the country different etiquette is in order so I thought perhaps we could have a thread that discusses these differences in some detail.
First of all professional courtesy is not a pass to commit crimes and I am not saying that it is. This is still being hashed out in the other thread so lets not start a second one here doing the same thing. My purpose here is to see what actions officers in different parts of the country would like to see you exhibit if you want them to even consider giving you a break. Let's keep it civil.
I'll begin with my department. I am retired NYPD and there (at least up to when I retired) the common courtesy shown to the officer on duty is:
1. Pull over immediately! Don't make me chase you. I don't want to have to go 100 MPH through traffic only to catch up to you and find out that you are on the job.
2. If it is night have your interior lights on and hands on the wheel. Usually that alone lets me know you are on the job because no civilian is nice enough to do that.
3. Identify yourself right away. Don't wait until I am writing to fill me on who you are. In NYC at least this is usually done by having your shield and ID on your lap (not waving like a flag so everyone can see) and usually stating something like... "I'm sorry bud. I'm on the job".
4. Be polite. Don't expect anything because nothing is for sure. Be thankful when courtesy is given. If courtesy is not given take it inside and see your or his PBA rep if this is between 2 NYPD guys. If yelling is to be done do it inside the station house. Not on the street where all the customers can see us. In the end remember the old saying "The man in the bag is always right". [The man in the uniform is always right meaning the on duty officer.]
From what I gathered reading the other thread I would venture to say that in other parts of the country the appropriate behavior for a traffic stop between two officers is vastly different. That difference in and of itself could be what ends up getting some of us a ticket since our behavior or difference of "style" could be construed by the on duty officer as arrogance.
So could some officers from different jurisdictions tell us the proper way to deal with an on duty officer in their neck of the woods if you hope to get any courtesy at all?