If you get pulled over, you probably already know that you shouldn't get out of your vehicle.
Although we are taught from a young age to trust those in uniform, lately there are people who are taking advantage of that trust, and using it to lure unsuspecting drivers into dangerous situations, including attempted theft and assault. According to the Central Texas Crime
Facebook page, there has been a rash of local reports involving people pretending to be police officers in Texas.
How to Spot a Fake Police Officer
Look for these clues if you suspect a law enforcement officer is not legitimate:
- Uniform shirt and pants do not match
- No utility belt with firearm, magazine pouch, baton, handcuff case, or radio
- No identification, police commission card, or badge
- Vehicle is unmarked and does not have red and blue flashing lights
- Does not introduce themselves or agency
- Asks for inappropriate information or makes inappropriate requests
Reports of Fake Cop in Central Texas
Saturday, April 2nd, a report was made about a man impersonating an officer in Hill County near Abbott, Texas, according to the Central Texas Crime Facebook page that cited the post from a Temple Facebook group.
The suspect was described as a heavyset Hispanic man around 5 feet 10 inches tall wearing black pants, black shirt, and cowboy hat. He had a gun on his belt, along with a fake badge. He was said to be driving a black Chevy Suburban with internal red, white, and blue flashing lights.
How to Handle a 'Fake Cop'
If you feel for any reason the person you are dealing with is not a real police officer, call 9-1-1 and ask dispatch to verify the unit that the person is driving. Ask to see all credentials, including the badge and commission card (which should contain a picture as well as a thumb print).
You can also request a supervisor to either call you or come to your location. Remember, if you don't feel safe, you should NEVER stop in a deserted location for anyone.
Call for help! If you don't have a phone with you, drive until you are in a populated place.
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property crimes per 100,000 residents as of this year. For every 100,000 residents, there are 224
police officers statewide.
Crime rates are expressed as the number of incidents per 100,000 people.
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