I once had the very scary pleasure of teaching a whole classroom full of senior police officers while I was working for YBM in Korea. I was sweating bullets as most of them remained stone-faced during the whole class. It was a good chance to get to know some people who just might save my behind if I ever got in trouble in the city.
I never got a chance to really make any connections or get out of any tickets but I have this awesome list of phrases and expressions to share with both students and teachers. I actually just taught these phases in class and I think I was able to have a few select officers do a role-play. Use this in whatever way you want.
A Class for Police and People Who Need Police
Questions tourists ask police
- I’m lost. Can you help me find the Pacific Hotel?
- I’m looking for the American Consulate/Embassy.
- My luggage/suitcase was stolen. What should I do?
- Who can we trust to exchange our money?
- Where is the bad part of town?
- Please help us. Our child is missing.
Questions police ask tourists
- Which hotel are you staying at?
- When did you lose your wallet?
- How much money was in your purse?
- What did the thief look like?
- What was the man wearing?
- Did he have a weapon?
- Where/When did you last see your child?
- How old is your child?
- What was your child wearing?
Comforting a tourist in distress
- Please stay calm. I am going to help you.
- We will do everything we can.
- I’ll give you a map of the city.
- Try not to panic.
- I can give you a ride to the hospital.
- The ambulance is on its way.
- Don’t worry; everything is going to be okay.
Traffic and Accidents
Pulling over drivers
- Can I see your driver’s license and passport?
- Have you been drinking tonight?
- How much have you had to drink?
- How fast do you think you were going?
- Do you know what the speed limit is?
- Is this a rental car?
- You were driving too fast.
- You broke the speed limit.
- You were driving on the wrong side of the road.
- You’re driving the wrong way in a one-way street.
- You were traveling too close to the car in front of you.
- You cut off another car.
- You didn’t obey the traffic signals.
- You aren’t wearing your seatbelt.
- You aren’t allowed to park here.
- I’m going to keep your driving license and give you a ticket. You can go to the police station to pay the fine. They will give your driving license back to you.
Questions police ask an injured driver
- Are you hurt?
- Can you stand up/move?
- Where does it hurt most?
- How did the accident happen?
- Who was at fault?
- What did the other car look like?
- Is there someone you want to call?
- Don’t worry. We’ve called an ambulance.
A Korean police officer pulls over an American driver on the highway for speeding…
|Police:||Can I see your driver’s license, please?|
|Man:||Ah, yeah. I think it’s in my pocket. No. Maybe my wallet. Uh. Yeah here.|
|Police:||Do you know how fast you were driving?|
|Man:||No, sorry. It’s a rental car. I’m not used to it.|
|Police:||Have you been drinking tonight, Mr. Davidson?|
|Man:||I had one or two drinks. I’m okay to drive, though. I know my limit.|
|Police:||How long have you been in Korea?|
|Man:||A few weeks, why?|
|Police:||It seems you are unaware of our zero tolerance for drinking and driving.|
|Man:||I’m not drunk. I’ll blow into a breathalyzer.|
|Police:||In Korea, you cannot operate a vehicle after consuming any alcohol.|
|Man:||Oh, I didn’t know that.|
|Police:||You were also going over the speed limit, Mr. Davidson. I’m going to have to ask you to step out of your vehicle and get into my car.|
|Man:||This is crazy. But what about my car?|
|Police:||We’ll have the rental car towed to the agency. When you’re in our country you have to respect our rules.|
Crime and Punishment
A crime is a serious offense such as murder or robbery. A punishment is a penalty imposed on somebody who is convicted of a crime. A punishment could be, for example, time in prison or a fine.
Questions from lawbreakers or suspected criminals
- Why did you pull me over?
- Have I done something wrong?
- Is this illegal?
- What are my rights?
- Can I call a lawyer?
- Where are you taking me?
- Can I make a phone call?
Questions police may ask a suspected criminal
- Are you carrying any illegal drugs?
- Do you have a weapon?
- Does this belong to you?
- Whose car is this?
- Where were you at eight last night?
Informing someone of laws and police procedures
- You are under arrest.
- Put your hands on your head.
- I am taking you to the police station.
- Please get in the police car.
- You will have to pay a fine for this.
- I will give you a warning this time.
- I’m going to write you a ticket.
- We’ll tow your car to the station.
- It is against the law to do drugs.
Types of crime
|abduction/kidnapping||taking a person to a secret location using force|
|armed robbery||using a weapon to steal|
|arson||setting fire to a place on purpose|
|assault||hurting another person physically|
|attempted murder||trying to kill someone (but failing)|
breaking and entering
|going into another person’s home or business with force|
|child abuse||injuring a child on purpose|
|domestic violence||a physical assault that occurs within the home|
|drug trafficking||trading illegal drugs|
|drunk driving||driving after having too much alcohol|
|fraud||lying or cheating for business or monetary purposes|
|hijacking||holding people in transit hostage (usually on a plane)|
|murder/homicide||taking someone’s life through violence|
|shoplifting||stealing merchandise from a store|
|smuggling||bringing products into a country secretly and illegally|
|speeding||driving beyond the speed limit|
|terrorism||acts of crime against a group (political/religious) or another country|
|torture||extremely cruel and unfair treatment (often towards prisoners)|
|vandalism||damaging public or private property (for example with spray paint)|
|white-collar crime||breaking the law in business|
Types of punishment
|leaves marks on driving record/involves paying a fine|
|driving rights are removed for a certain period of time|
(hunting out of season)
|pay money as punishment for minor/petty crime|
(a young offender who is waiting to go to court)
|remain in one’s home for a certain period of time|
(a youth that steals a car for the first time)
|do volunteer work such as teaching children about crime or cleaning up garbage|
(a man who assaults his wife)
|spend a certain amount of months or years locked away from society|
|life in prison
(a woman who commits homicide/ murder)
|spend the rest of one’s life in prison with no chance of going back into society|
Be Safe Out There
Whether you are a police officer, a victim or a criminal, I hope this class comes in handy. Good luck in class and I hope you don’t need these phrases because you are in trouble only because you are helping someone.