2 charged with impersonating law enforcement

Brian Cope and Matthew Marshburn (Photo credit: Virginia Beach Police)

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Virginia Beach Police arrested two men after they say the two posed as police officers.

Police say 24-year-old Matthew Storm Marshburn and 27-year-old Brian Keith Cope, who were dressed as civilians, stopped some people on 13th Street near the Oceanfront, flashed badges and identified themselves as officers.

According to police, the incident happened Oct. 24 and the two were arrested Nov. 4. They have both been charged with one count of impersonating law enforcement.

Police say you can follow the tips below if you have any doubts a person is a real law enforcement officer:

  • All law enforcement officers carry photo identification with their badges, and are required to display them if asked.
  • Citizens are encouraged to ask for identification.
  • Do not be afraid to have the officer hold up his badge and ID so that you can read it. Take the time to read them and look for the agency name and officer’s name.
  • Do not be afraid to advise the officer that you intend to call dispatch and verify the officer’s identity.
  • Ask for a marked patrol unit to respond. Ask where they work and for their supervisor’s name
  • Remember, if it doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t. Your safety is most important.

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