Crystal, Brooklyn Park Police Promote ‘Not Reaching’ Pouches
Local authorities are promoting a new option for drivers in case they get pulled over.
The Department of Public Safety is collaborating with state and local police to distribute the Not Reaching pouch. The plastic pouch stores driver’s license and insurance card information so it can be in plain sight while driving. The pouch clips onto an air vent for easy access.
The no reaching is key, as traffic stops can abruptly turn dangerous or deadly if there’s too much movement. The Crystal Police Department is one of many agencies supporting the effort to help promote ease and safety during traffic stops.
‘The more we can do to have options available for folks so that we can make sure the interactions between law enforcement and the community are good. We’re willing to do anything to make that happen,” said Crystal Deputy Police Chief Brian Hubbard.
The Brooklyn Park Police Department is also participating.
The Not Reaching pouch is a creation by Jacquelyn Carter and Valerie Castile. The idea came after the 2016 shooting of Philando Castile during a traffic stop. The two wanted a way to prevent the escalation of potentially dangerous situations, especially between police officers and Black drivers when asked for their license and registration.
The pouches will be passed out at community events and available at various police stations.