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When a police officer is knocking at your door, do they have to tell you or introduce themselves as police officers??

  • In what country? – Ron Beyer Dec 27 '18 at 17:47
  • Sorry, in the state of Illinois – Rita R. Dec 27 '18 at 17:51
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That depends on what the officer wants to do. If the officer is under cover, s/he may choose not to identify as a police officer. If the desire is to search the house, or to arrest someone, the officer(s) do need to identify themselves. If the desire is just to talk to/question a possible witness, officers normally do identify themselves, but I am not sure that this is legally required.

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  • It was just for questioning, my daughter stated they were pounding on the door, didn't state who they were, she wasn't going to answer it, but i was on the phone with her, I told her to go ahead, it was 2 police officers asking about the accident that she had, had. No tickets were given, just questions. – Rita R. Dec 27 '18 at 18:13
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    @RitaR. Your daughter would have been wise to call the police station and verify that there were two officers dispatched to her address. – Ron Beyer Dec 27 '18 at 19:14

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