Clarifying misinformation online about a suspected police impersonator in Midway
2022-05-17 13:33 PDT
The Midway RCMP would like to address some misinformation being circulated on social media about a suspected police impersonator who conducted a traffic stop on Highway 3 on May 11, 2022.
A woman is alleging that a suspicious man in what appeared to be a marked police vehicle pulled her over while traveling 70 kilometres per hour in a 60 kilometre per hour zone, as she approached the community of Greenwood. She further alleges that he covered his badge, did not identify himself properly as an officer with the RCMP, did not take information from her but threatened to impound her vehicle.
The RCMP can confirm that a traffic stop did occur along Highway 3 in Greenwood around Klondike Street on May 11, 2022 at 6 pm, traveling at 87 kilometres per hour in a 50 kilometre per hour zone towards a playground and elementary school. The officer was in a fully marked police car, in a full duty RCMP uniform. He exercised discretion by giving the driver a warning, instead of issuing a violation ticket as per the Motor Vehicle Act.
The RCMP would like to acknowledge the public’s right to question anyone who they suspect to be impersonating a member of law enforcement. We treat these allegations very seriously, and as such, should be investigated with the goal of determining the facts and not left unchecked or made on social media.
Anyone who encounters a similar situation is encouraged to report to your local police department so an investigation may be conducted. Should you be concerned at the time of a traffic stop, stay inside your vehicle with the doors locked, roll down the window a small amount and tell the officer you are calling the police department to ensure that they are, in fact, a police officer. Call the non-emergency number for police in that jurisdiction, who can confirm the officer’s presence at the traffic stop.
BC RCMP Communication Services
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