Shippensburg Police Department


Fred A. Scott, Chief of Police


60 West Burd Street ~ Shippensburg, Pennsylvania 17257 ~ Department: 717.532.7361 Fax: 717.532.2313

          Please pull over to the right for lights and siren....whether they are coming up behind you or driving on the other side of the road...Please pull over toward the right hand side for lights and siren         



Fake Police Officers

Fake Police Officers

When we're pulled over by a police officer, we want to be sure the officer is the real thing. Spot a fake policeman, in order to stay safe. There have been reports of people posing as police officers and their intentions have not been noble. Know the difference between a real police officer apart from a fake one. Read on to learn how.

  1. Pull over for a car signaling with red and blue flashing lights. Drive to a populated, well-lit area like a service station or shopping area when the car appears suspicious. Dial 911 on a cell phone for verification that the vehicle is the police.

  2. Remain in the car with the window rolled up and the doors locked. Watch the person in the car behind. Look for the officer to turn on the interior light of the vehicle. (In some cases look for the officer to put on a hat that is part of the official uniform)

  3. Look for a badge and name tag, as well as "service tags" (indicating years of service on the force) as the police officers approaches. Ask to see a badge and photo identification if it is not readily visible.

  4. Beware of vehicles with single, red flashing lights on top or blue and red lights behind the grill. Observe the police officer's attire. Look for the expanse of a bullet-proof vest under the uniform shirt, a required part of the official uniform.

  5. Know that a police officer understands safety concerns and is happy to call an additional officer in another vehicle. Stay calm and call 911 if the individual persists or threatens.

Tips & Warnings

Express concern if there is any doubt regarding the identity of the officer. Ask that a uniformed police  officer in a marked police vehicle be called to the scene. Indicate that you will cooperate fully when the individual arrives.

Note that real police officers do not wear sunglasses when approaching the stopped vehicle.


Shippensburg Police Department  Phone - 717-532-7361  Fax - 717-532-2313        Last Modified :01/30/12 11:28 PM          Copyright 2008