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Does Waze show cops? Is it legal to use the feature?


Waze app shows the driver where red light / speed cameras are installed, informs about accidents and traffic jams on the road. However, some of the useful information features users do not know about.

Many drivers would like to see in Waze the function of displaying police officers on the road. In this article, we will show you how this feature works, how to enable it, and what its benefits really are.

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How the Police Alert feature works

Waze does not report the nearest police checkpoints on the road.

However, Waze users (wazers) do inform others on the road about police checkpoints. They do this on their own initiative. In this way, other Waze users get up-to-date information about traffic cops and police.

You can find police officers on the road on a set route through a live map, where wazers post data about traffic incidents, traffic jams, and report police ahead.

How do I turn on police detection in Waze?

Here is a quick tutorial:

  1. Open the Waze app, tap the magnifying glass button.
  2. Go to Settings (gear icon) > select Send report.
  3. Tap on the Map display menu bar and open the Reports section.
  4. Tap on the Show on map option in the Police section.

After these steps Waze will show the police behind you on the map.

How do I mark the police?

  1. Open the Waze app, tap the magnifying glass button.
  2. Go to Settings (gear icon) > Send report.
  3. Tap the Police icon.
  4. Set a point on the map and give the location of the police.

How accurately does the police discover function work

It cannot be guaranteed that the police information will be correct. Waze does not check the accuracy of this information. However if a wazer has reported police and the information is incorrect (or the location of the police has changed) then other users will be able to correct the data. All changes will be available in the Waze app via real-time notifications.

Be sure to check when the information appears on the map - the police officers checkpoint may have been moved to a different location.

Is the feature illegal?

The feature is perfectly legal. You can tell other users where the police are.

For example, if drivers need to be notified urgently of an accident, information about the location of the police can help solve the problem as quickly as possible.

Also, drivers may need urgent assistance (to prevent a crime or provide emergency medical care) - in such cases, the police (in theory) may just save a life.

Strengths and weaknesses of the police detection feature


  • Other wazzers tend to provide reliable data
  • The feature is easy to turn on in Waze's settings
  • Police Report allows you to focus your attention


  • Data requires verification
  • Not all checkpoints are visible on the map
  • Police stakeout data is only valid for a certain amount of time


Waze does not report police locations on the roads. Users self-publish information about police checkpoints on the map. This information is not verified, but other users can correct it. The police detection feature works perfectly legally and is designed to make drivers more attentive and prepare to slow down if necessary.

In any case, it is necessary to comply with the law and not to exceed the maximum allowable speed.

Ilia is a professional writer. He has expert knowledge in GPS and cartography with 15 years of experience. Additionally, Ilia has extensive experience in data recovery on PC and mobile. He started his career as a journalist by reviewing PC and mobile apps. His current responsibilities are to keep track of users' questions on MGT and answer them.