When a police officer is in your corner, is that a good time to talk?

CNN (CNN)When you’re out in the middle of the night and you need a break from the crowd, is it a good idea to ask a stranger for directions or to talk to a friend?

When a law enforcement officer is your friend, that conversation is not only acceptable but encouraged, according to a new report.

It’s called the police-friend rule and it’s part of a nationwide trend that has become increasingly prevalent in recent years.

The rule, first proposed in the 1980s, says that law enforcement officers should talk to people with whom they have a personal or professional relationship if they see them as a “good neighbor.”

That rule has become the norm in many cities across the country, and it is now used in more than 200 cities.

The rule has been criticized for being a burden to the police, and some cities have already been moving to loosen the rules.

In Minneapolis, for example, police can ask anyone for directions when they see someone they know on the street, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

In Milwaukee, the city is working on a similar change.

But the rule is not without controversy.

The Minnesota Police Officers Association, which represents more than 1,000 police officers across the state, has pushed for a similar rule in the state.

“It is a good thing to do, and the rule should be kept in place,” said Bob Kroll, president of the MNOPOA, a national union for police officers.

“But if you can’t do that with the other side of the street and it becomes part of the conversation, it is a problem.

There’s a conflict of interest there.”

The Minneapolis Police Department is among the few cities in the country to use the rule, and its policy is not new.

In recent years, the department has worked to make the rule more equitable and open to dialogue.

“I think the conversation that we need to have with people is something that’s been happening in a lot of our communities for a while, and I think it’s something that has not happened at the police department,” Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau said in an interview.

In Minneapolis, police officers are encouraged to talk with neighbors if they have information about crimes, traffic violations, or emergencies, such as a fire or a flood.

But if a person they know has committed a crime or is involved in an emergency, officers are told to speak with a police detective, Hartear said.

When officers ask people for directions, the policy is similar to a similar policy that has been used by the FBI, which uses a similar formula.

The Minneapolis Police Department and FBI have not yet said how many police officers use the policy, but it is estimated to be between 30% and 50%.

It’s unclear whether this new policy will be enough to ease tensions between police officers and the public.

Some local police departments in Minnesota and elsewhere have taken similar steps to ease tension between police and the general public, but Harteu said the police chief wants to avoid any type of confrontation.

“We want to make sure that we are doing all that we can to build a community where the police officers feel safe to work, where the public feel safe, and that they can talk to each other,” Harteua said.

“And I think the officers understand that there is a concern that the public is feeling a little uneasy.”

The rule, which is not enforced by the Minneapolis Police, is not an ideal solution, said Kevin Haines, a criminology professor at St. Cloud State University in St. Paul.

“The problem is that there are a lot more people in Minneapolis who have an interest in police officers not talking to the public than there are people who do,” he said.

“But it’s a compromise, and we’re hoping that it works.”