Why did the officer approach my motor vehicle from the side?
Police officers are trained to minimize their exposure to traffic and, therefore, reduce the likelihood that they will be injured. The second reason is that they are trained to protect themselves tactically. Many police officers have been killed or assaulted by motorists who are wanted for various crimes.
Why did two or three officers show up if it's only a minor offense?
Officers in the vicinity frequently back each other up without being summoned. This is a protocol that maximizes safety for the officers.
Why do officers stay back at their car for so long?
The officer is verifying that your driver's license and registration status is valid. The officer may be filling out a citation. This process could take several minutes.