Several incidents of police impersonators this month put people on alert. Here's how to stay safe

Police in Cherry Hill say that they are trying to identify a man who is impersonating a police officer.

News 12 Staff

Aug 20, 2021, 2:20 AM

Updated 970 days ago

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Police in Cherry Hill say that they are trying to identify a man who is impersonating a police officer.
Authorities say that an incident happened Monday in which a woman was pulled over on Route 38. The suspect reached into the woman’s car and grabbed her neck.
She was able to pull away and escape.
Police say that the suspect was driving a white Ford van with red and blue LED warning lights in the grill and on the rear doors.
He was described as a white man in his 30s with dark red or brown hair. He had a mid-length beard.
Police are trying to determine if he is the same man who pulled over two drivers in Brick and Wall townships earlier this month. In both cases, female drivers say they were pulled over by a man pretending to be a police officer.
That suspect was described as a white man in his 40s or 50s. He had long, red hair, a red, scruffy beard and tattoos on his arms and hands.
Cherry Hill police say that there are a few things people can do if they believe a person claiming to be an officer isn’t what they seem.
Police officers should have their badges on full display and show their ID if asked. This is especially true if they are driving an unmarked car or are in plain clothes.
Make sure to pull over into a well-lit area in public, such as a shopping center or convenience store. Vehicle doors should stay locked. Drivers should not roll down their windows completely until they are comfortable. They should call police to let them know.
Police departments will have records of every stop and will be able to confirm if the officer is legitimate or an impersonator.


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