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Impersonating a Police Officer

If a police officer were to approach you, could you tell if he was a legit cop or not? It’s not that hard to impersonate an officer. Especially with the ease of finding police badge and uniforms for sale online. Luckily, there are plenty of red flags that you can spot on a fake cop.

The uniform he is wearing must be wrinkle-free and clear of stains. They must also have on them a badge, a name tag and service tags. All cops have a leather utility belt with multiple items holstered like a flashlight, firearm, taser, pepper spray, and handcuffs. They will also be carrying a radio.

Other things to keep in mind. If a real police officer is at your door, they will always knock, announce their presence and state their purpose. Always ask for a badge and photo ID. If you get pulled over by an unmarked car, turn on your hazard lights. Real cops know that you have acknowledged them and will pull over. Pick a well-lit area to pull over and only lower your window enough to communicate. And most importantly, if you ever are in doubt, call 911 to verify. They will let you know if the officer is in that area and a real officer will not get upset if you call for verification.