Indiana State Police are currently investigating several complaints regarding police impersonators in Gibson, Sullivan, Knox and Daviess Counties. The complaints have come from several drivers that were stopped by a male claiming to be a police officer. No one has been injured during these incidents, but Indiana State Police want to offer the following information and tips:
Everyone needs to remember:
Police officers must be in a fully marked police car to stop someone for a traffic violation. Police officers can be in plain clothes or in uniform if they are in a fully marked patrol car.
If the police car is unmarked, the police officer MUST be in full uniform and should be easy to identify.
- Keep your doors locked and windows rolled up until you can verify it’s a police officer.
- Look for a badge and or shoulder patch, which should identify the police agency.
- If you can’t verify the agency, call 911 and request an additional officer.
- Trust your instinct. If you stop and you don’t think the individual is a police officer don’t hesitate to drive away and call 911 immediately.
- Call 911 immediately if you are not certain the vehicle that is attempting to stop you is a police officer. Turn on your four-way flashers and continue at a safe speed until additional police arrive.
Anyone with information concerning these police impersonators are encouraged to contact the Indiana State Police at 812-867-2079 or their local police.