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How to handle police while you playing Ingress.
02-04-2013, 10:46 PM
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How to handle police while you playing Ingress.
John Spartan a member of DeCode Ingress Google+ community put together a great document on how to handle police while you playing Ingress. And I think that every agent should read it!

Its important to consider the possibility of coming into contact with the police. After all, Ingress calls for a certain type of late night rendezvous with other players or portals. As this game is geared for the techies in our community, not everyone is aware of the game. In addition, there are people that may be aware of it, but do not know your intentions and may call a law enforcement agency to report your suspicious behavior. Below you will find some useful information to help you should you encounter an officer of the law while on your conquest to save humanity one way or another. This is not legal advice, only a suggestion. The author of this document nor the organizations & individuals that post/share this document are not responsible for your actions.
If you are in your vehicle:


Shut off the engine if it`s running


This will show your intention of not running from them


Turn on your interior light


This allows them to see in your vehicle better


Do not move after you put your hands on the steering wheel


Don’t reach for your DL or ID, if they want it, they will ask
If you are not in your vehicle:


Keep your hands out of your pockets


Don’t make any sudden movements, and keep your hands down


Keep your distance, the officer will move as close as they feel comfortable


Stay still and don’t back up or move around
General things for both situations:


Explain slowly what you are doing in a light and meaningful manner


Don’t be rude, condescending or evasive in your answers


Stay calm, and don’t worry


If you are not doing anything wrong, you won’t be in trouble!


Comply with all requests and orders


Don’t move for your ID or anything until asked. Advise the officer of where it’s at before moving to grab it


If you are carrying a firearm, declare it immediately in a polite manner!


Also advise the officer if you have a valid CCW Permit on you

Keep in mind, whoever called you into the police may have embellished your actions to hasten their response time. With that knowledge, it’s expected that the officers responding will have no idea about what is really going on. All they are told is someone is where they normally shouldn’t be, and doing something that they are not supposed to be doing. When the officer arrives, s/he will ask a lot of questions to get the story of what is actually taking place – so be patient and answer the questions without getting irritated and upset. Staying calm and not making any sudden movements will keep the tension down between both you and the officers, and prevent anything bad from happening.

It’s also a good idea to familiarize yourself with any local laws and ordinances. Keep in mind, most city and state parks close at dusk – regardless if there is a gate blocking entrance to the parking lot. If someone asks you to leave, comply with the request. If they are an agent of the property you are on, they have the final word. The same rule applies for firearms – they ask you to leave or put it away, you must comply!

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02-04-2013, 11:03 PM
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RE: How to handle police while you playing Ingress.
Ingress, it's a dangerous game. But seriously did anyone experience something like this. It would be weird to have in your record a thing like "PLAYED INGRESS!!!"
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02-04-2013, 11:05 PM
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It is funny, but you know anything can happen Big Grin
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02-04-2013, 11:12 PM
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RE: How to handle police while you playing Ingress.
As long as it stays like this

"We were trying to destroy resonators by a museum around midnight. They saw my parked car and got out to investigate. At this point, I don't think they knew we were there.

We approached them and they asked what we were up to. We showed them the phone and explained that it is a global game of capture the flag created by Google. That simple explanation dropped the tension level down dramatically (they didn't know what they were walking into until then).

They laughed and checked it out a bit. Told us not to get "attacked" ourselves, and went on their way.

Overall, it was a good experience. We told them that they might start seeing more people like us and it's just a game."


It would be great if the police also joins this game Big Grin. So we can fight each other hehe. But ok still a good encounter. Smile
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02-04-2013, 11:37 PM
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Police would be third side of war, most hated enemy of resistance and enlightened
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02-05-2013, 01:01 AM
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Or that hahaha x)
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04-29-2014, 01:34 PM
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[Image: shallnotcommit.jpg] LOLLLOLOLOL!
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06-05-2015, 02:08 PM (This post was last modified: 06-05-2015 02:09 PM by Bump1n.)
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RE: How to handle police while you playing Ingress.
The list that you wrote is excellent advice for ANY encounter with the popo. Living in a college town, I've gotten to talk to several officers while playing. I usually tell them that I'm playing a"geo-tagging game". Generally their eyes glaze over a bit, they sniff for alcohol, and tell me to be safe. It's generally pretty positive.
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