Police Impersonations Are One The Rise!
Recently, there have been rising cases of individuals posing to be police officers with intentions of deception. Faking to be a police officer, also known as police impersonation, is the act of falsely portraying oneself as a legal officer generally with the intention of using such authority to commit a crime. Practical examples of police impersonation could include the desire to break into someone else’s home, acts of robbery or violation of traffic laws.
In our modern society, it is complex to differentiate between a real police officer and an impersonator. The realness of a police officer was a great issue in the unfortunate murder of James Gottlieb, a Long Island banker, who was stopped and gunned down by a police impersonator. In pulling over, James Gottlieb acknowledged the state’s authority as was expressed by the car’s siren, and flashlights from behind his car. However, this turned out to be a prank with the deceptive use of easily obtained security symbols.
Don’t Get Stressed About Police Stopping You.
The common sinking sensation when the car behind yours all of a sudden turns on its siren, and you can see its flashlights in your rear-view mirror is an experience commonly known to most of us. It’s one moment that you become uncertain about what you have done and what the officer knows, or may legally or illegally discover. Another major concern that seems to be more common in the recent past is whether the officer pulling you down is whom he or she claims to be or is just a badge-growing clone who has put on official looking police attire.
Faking to be a police officer not only affects the duped but also the society at large. Unlike most current crimes of identity theft, impersonating a police officer is the theft of social identity.
Ironically, the adoption of undercover policing has contributed to the spread of police impersonation.
Mass Media Is The Fault?
Movies and mass media dramas that involve undercover themes have accustomed viewers to the presence of non-uniformed police. For instance, The Special Chabbis, a 2013 Indian thriller film shows some actors posing as Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) executing an income tax raid on a Jeweler in Mumbai. Released in February 2013, this movie is regarded as one of the best movies of 2013. Let’s Be Cops, a 2014 American film features its main character faking to be a police, officer. Popular web series such as the Dick Figures has aired an episode by the name ‘we are Cops’ featuring one of the main actors rob a bank while dressed as a police officer. This has played a major role in eroding the threshold for skepticism.
No. Just Use Common Sense.
All police officers must carry their identification cards. A real police officer should not have a problem providing you with their identity cards. Do not accept any forms of business cards as alternative forms of proof of identity, no matter how persuasive they are. If not satisfied by the eligibility of the ID card, ask for the officer to wait as you call the central police station.
Also, a real police officer should be in complete uniform and put on a hat. If they lack any of those, ask where it is. Most police impersonators forget to wear a hat, mostly at night. Lastly, trust your feelings. If you feel that something doesn’t add up, close your door and call the police.
Establishing security agency authenticity can be a great issue, given that there may be multiple specialized, non-uniformed security agencies carrying out low visible operations in an area. However, due to faulty communication systems, incidences of impersonation may turn out to be real.