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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.