December 22 – If you are ever unsure about the legitimacy of a police officer at your door, dialing 911 is your best bet.
It sounds like a crazy thing to be worried about, but a woman in Adams County has been found to be impersonating a police officer in order to collect fines.
The woman is apparently going door to door in a gray uniform with a utility belt and a vehicle with police signage on it, requesting fines be paid.
Police have reminded residents that no officer will come to your door asking for money.
Pat Ryan of NewsTalk 103.7FM wondered, “What happens if there is some sort of chase or what happens if something bad happens while this individual, this faux trooper is trying to imitate law enforcement and somebody gets hurt or killed?”
It has also made people wonder what would happen if a faux police officer tried to pull you over?
Attorney Clint Barkdoll said, “This is a really dangerous situation. These cases come up occasionally and sometimes there’s a mental health issue. There’s this kind of strange affinity some people have for posing as a person of authority, law enforcement. If you’re ever stopped and if it’s in a remote area and you have some doubts about the legitimacy of this, dial 911 immediately from the car, that’s one thing. If you’re out in a more populated area, it’s okay to just keep safely driving into a commercial space. Pull into your local convenience store or the local mall. Let this person do the stop from where there would be witnesses around.”
What if there had been a chase?
Barkdoll confirmed, “This woman, this defendant, she would be liable for all damages that may have ensued as a result of this fake stop. Here’s one other piece on this, I would not be surprised now that the story is out there. Is it likely that she’s been doing this for a while and it’s just now getting reported? In other words, are more people going to come forward saying hey, I was stopped by this person as well over the last few months? That would not surprise me at all.”