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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

OPP Report Man Impersonating Officer In Wellington County

Wellington County | by Claire McCormack  

OPP say over a week ago, a man posing as an officer stopped a driver to check they were an essential worker.

Wellington County OPP say they've been getting complaints about a man impersonating a police officer.

OPP say this person is reportedly stopping people to check their "essential worker" status amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

They say over a week ago, on Tuesday April 14th, a man impersonating a police officer stopped a driver asking for proof they were an essential worker.

The driver gave him the information requested. They say the suspect then went back to his vehicle and left the scene.

Police say the suspect is described as a 30 to 40 year old man, with short dark hair in a brush cut and some beard scruff (unshaven). They say he was wearing a black long-sleeve shirt and a ballistic vest with the word "POLICE" in yellowish-orange letters across the front, but not the back.

His vehicle is described as a black four-door sedan, possibly a Ford Fusion or Ford Taurus, with a blue strobe light on the dash and a small aerial antenna on the trunk.

OPP say those stopped or approached by an officer in plain clothes driving an unmarked vehicle are within their rights to ask for the officer's identification or request a uniformed officer be present.

They should also call 911 if they have reason to believe the person is not a police officer.

Police say they are not conducting random traffic stops to check drivers' work status during the COVID-19 pandemic, nor are drivers required to prove they are an essential worker to police.

People can refer to either opp.ca, publicsafety.gc.ca or covid-19.ontario.ca for up-to-date information regarding restrictions under federal or provincial orders.

Any person with information on this incident or one of a similar nature is asked to contact the Wellington County OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit a tip on-line at csgw.tips .You may be eligible for a reward from Crime Stoppers of up to $2,000.

 

 

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