The Shelton Police Department is investigating reports of some one falsely respresenting himself as a police officer. According to authorities, the department started receiving reports Thursday. Complaintants told police a male was making traffic stops in a black Ford Crown Victoria with several antennas, a prisoner cage, and a push-bumper.
A news release says the vehicle looks like an unmarked police cruiser – similar to the toy replica pictured above. The suspect is also alleged to be associated with a black Lincoln sedan style vehicle that is reported to have some sort of siren or PA device on it.
The police department was advised that the male was bragging about making traffic stops and law enforcement related contacts in the evening hours in and around the city limits of Shelton. The suspect is alleged to be wearing some type of uniform that resembles a law enforcement officer and claiming that he is a Shelton Police reserve officer.
“It is not illegal to have a vehicle that looks like an un-marked police car, however, once you start falsely representing yourself as a law enforcement officer, you are committing a criminal offense,” said Captain Mike Fiola. “If you have recently been stopped by someone you think may not have been an actual law enforcement officer, you are urged to call the Shelton Police Department and report the incident. All officers, troopers and deputies will properly identify themselves upon request during a traffic stop.”
Shelton Police have identified a possible suspect and are currently following up on several leads. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Shelton Police Department at 360-426-4441.