The Dallas Police Department has investigated recent incidents where suspects have used red and blue lights on their vehicles to cut through traffic and pull people over.
Pretending to be a police officer to get someone to obey your authority is a crime.
In fact, it’s a 3rd-degree felony punishable by 2 to 10 years. It’s “Impersonating a Public Servant”.
If you believe you are being pulled over by a person who may be impersonating a police officer, be cautious, and remember these tips:
- Put on your flashers, drive the speed limit, and call 911 from your cell phone. Tell the 911 dispatcher that you are concerned that someone is trying to pull you over in an unmarked car that may not be a police officer. Ask the dispatcher to verify whether the car attempting to pull you over is indeed a law enforcement officer. If you do not have a cell phone, drive to a well-lit, busy area such as the parking lot of a busy store such as a grocery store.
- Do not stop your vehicle or get out of your vehicle until a dispatcher can confirm you are being pulled over by a legitimate police officer.
- If the dispatcher cannot confirm that you are being pulled over by a police officer, stay on the line with the dispatcher, and ask for police assistance. Drive carefully to a safe place, such as a local police department.
- Report anything suspicious to police; please don’t wait to make a report.
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