SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Police are currently investigating an incident that involved someone impersonating a Suffolk police officer.
Police say that on September 13, officers spoke to a victim saying that he was pulled over on the Eastbound 58 Bypass around 10:50 p.m. that evening. The suspect was wearing an officers uniform and asked the victim for his driver’s license and vehicle registration. The suspect then returned the victim’s registration but kept his license. The suspect then let the victim leave.
According to the police, the suspect is being described as white, is his 50’s, with brown hair. He was driving a late-model, black or blue, Chevrolet Impala with flashing blue lights.
The Suffolk Police Department has been investigating whether any other local agency could have been involved.
The investigation remains ongoing at this time.
There are several tips you can remember to protect yourself during a traffic stop while helping Police Officers do their jobs:
- Make sure it is a marked police unit. If it is not a marked unit, the emergency lights should be built in and are usually not a temporary light placed on the vehicle.
- Try to stop in a well-lit area or a location where there are a lot of people present.
- Turn on your emergency flashers but don’t turn off your car.
- Do not get out of the vehicle to meet the Officer.
- Lock your door.
- Look for a uniform, official department jacket, and other equipment used by Police Officers for the performance of their duties.
- If the Officer is in plain clothes, look for identifying clothing and equipment. If unsure, explain to the “Officer” that you are unsure about the situation and ask them to display official department identification and badge.
- Pay attention to what they are asking. Most Officers will advise you of the reason for the stop and request your driver’s license, registration, and proof of insurance.
- If they immediately tell you to get out of the car without any preliminary questions, be suspicious.
- Trust your instincts. If they don’t seem to be a real Police Officer, they are probably not.
- There are certain clues to consider when it comes to dealing with someone believed to be a law enforcement imposter:
- Uniform pants does not match uniform shirt.
- Uniform shirt does not have patches, silver or gold buttons, epaulets on shoulders, pins on collar.
- Impersonator does not have utility belt with firearm, magazine pouch, baton, handcuff case, radio, etc…
- No identification, police commission card, or badge.
- Vehicle is not marked and does not have red and blue flashing lights.
- Extreme nervousness on the part of the impersonator when speaking.
- Does not introduce themselves or agency.
- Asks for inappropriate information or makes inappropriate requests.
In cases where these clues are present, please call 911 or the non-emergency number (757) 923-2350 and to request a supervisor. Impersonating a Police Officer is a serious offense and will be aggressively enforced and prosecuted.