3 cops talk about busting police impersonators

Watching the headlines in the past few months it’s been my observation that there has been an increase in the arrest of police impersonators


Maybe it’s just being reported with greater regularity, but by watching the headlines in the past few months it’s been my observation that there has been an increase in the arrest of police impersonators. Just last week, we had the terribly amusing incident in which a firefighter from New Mexico presenting himself as a cop attempted to make a traffic stop — of an actual cop! That incident was eerily similar to one in September of last year  in which a New York man initiated a traffic stop on someone who turned out to be a legitimate detective. Ron White was right: You can’t fix stupid.

Late yesterday, we closed the voting on our most recent PoliceOne poll, “Have you ever busted a police impersonator?” The results of the poll were unsurprising — about 75 percent of the more than 1,000 people who voted said no, they had not, while roughly one quarter had either nabbed an impersonator ‘red-handed in uniform’ or during the course of an investigation.

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