Impersonating A Police Officer
Fort Worth police officers know and are aware that pulling over a vehicle in an unmarked car while in plain clothes can present many challenges; therefore, it is not recommended. If you feel that the person is not a bona fide officer, call 9-1-1 and ask dispatch to verify. Ask to see all credentials (badge and commission card which contains a pic and thumb print) and you can request a supervisor to either call you or come to your location.
Look for these clues for imposters:
- 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 9-1-1 if in danger or the non-emergency number (817) 335-4222 for verification and to request a supervisor. Impersonating a police officer is a serious offense and will be agressively enforced and prosecuted.