Rights of Officers
Public Safety Statements
When involved in a Critical
After involvement in a critical incident, supervisors may ask you
questions as part of a “public safety statement.” Any questions that don’t revolve around these basic questions should give you reason to invoke 5th Amendment rights, pending a “Garrity
Typical statements include the following:
Type of force used
Location of injured persons, including those in need of medical attention, if any
Description of outstanding suspects and their direction of travel, time elapsed since the suspect was last seen, and any suspect weapons
they may possess.
Direction and approximate number of any shots fired by the involved officer and/or suspects and any known results, if
Description and location of known evidence.
Other information as necessary to ensure officer & public safety, and assist in the apprehension of outstanding suspects including
identity of all persons present