indianapolis self defense class for women

The story is making the rounds this week of a situation in Southern Indiana.  Last week, a woman was pulled over by a man impersonating a police officer.  It happened at 10:45 at night.   The woman told police she pulled over when a black SUV with flashing lights pulled up behind her.  She got out of her car. After a brief tussle with the man – who she said had a gun – the woman managed to escape, run through a wooded area, and flag down another driver for help.

So what do you do if you’re a woman travelling alone and you’re stopped by a police officer in a place that doesn’t feel safe to you?  I talked to Hamilton County Sheriff’s Deputy Bill Clifford to find out.

Deputy Clifford offered these suggestions:

  1.  Acknowledge to the officer that you are aware he’s behind you.  You can do this by slowing down and turning on your flashers.
  2. Drive to a location where you are not isolated – like a neighborhood or business – before pulling over.
  3. Make sure your door is locked when the officer approaches your vehicle.
  4. Roll down your window just far enough to pass your license and registration through.
  5. If you are asked to step out of the car, ask for a backup officer before you get out.

“Officers don’t necessarily want to pull people over in remote areas.  They want to pull you over in a place that’s safe for you – and for them.  And most officers will not ask someone to get out of the car for a moving violation.  If an officer asks you to get out of your car for a traffic violation, that should raise a red flag,” says Deputy Clifford.  

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