SWPD warns about possible impersonation of a police officer

By Christian Mysliwiec - Staff Writer
South Windsor - posted Fri., Jan. 4, 2013

The South Windsor Police Department received a report on Dec. 31 that a young woman was stopped that afternoon at about 2:30 p.m., in the Bissell Bridge area of I-291 in South Windsor by someone who may have been posing as a police officer. The woman said she was pulled over by a black Chevy Impala with flashing red and blue lights behind the windshield, but no front license plate or markings.

The driver approached the woman's car and asked for her license and registration. She has described the driver as a light-skinned black male, about 5'-10”, of medium build. He was wearing dark jeans, a black shirt, and a black hooded sweatshirt. She reported that he had a badge of some sort hanging from a chain around his neck and that he had a handgun at his hip.

According to the report, the man asked the woman a few questions and told her she was beautiful, then gave her back her papers and returned to his car. She said the vehicle followed her onto Route 5 and Sullivan Avenue. Several hours later, the woman reported the incident to the police. No record could be found of her registration or license being run by a police agency.

South Windsor police urge anyone with further information to call 860-644-2551.

The SWPD has issued some tips for drivers who believe that someone is impersonating a police officer. First, put on your flashers, drive the speed limit and call 911 from your cell phone. Tell the dispatcher that you are concerned. For those without a cell phone, drive to a well-lit, busy area, such as a parking lot or busy store or shopping center. Do not get out of your vehicle until the dispatcher confirms that you are being pulled over by a legitimate police officer. If the dispatcher cannot confirm that you are being pulled over by a legitimate police officer, drive to a safe place, such as a local police department. If you cannot dial 911, ask the plainclothes officer to have a uniformed officer in a marked car respond to your location before you provide documentation, and ask for their photo identification. Any suspicious activity should be reported immediately to the local police agency.

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