Woman arrested by police officer, not impersonator: BC RCMP – Okanagan
A woman who says she was arrested by a police impersonator was actually arrested by an RCMP officer.
That’s according to the British Columbia RCMP, who released a statement on Tuesday regarding the May 11 incident in the southern interior of British Columbia, saying they were doing so to address some misinformation. on social networks.
Last spring, the area was abuzz following media reports from the RCMP to be on the lookout for a possible police impersonator who allegedly stopped vehicles for traffic checks.
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Police say this month’s incident featured a woman who alleged a marked police vehicle stopped her along Highway 3 as she approached the community of Greenwood.
The woman said she was driving 70 kilometers per hour in a 60 km/h zone, and the officer hid his badge and did not properly identify himself as an RCMP officer.
Furthermore, she said the alleged officer took no information from her, but threatened to confiscate her vehicle.
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“RCMP can confirm that a traffic stoppage occurred along Highway 3 in Greenwood around Klondike Street on May 11, 2022 at 6:00 p.m., traveling at 87 kilometers per hour in a 50 kilometers per hour to a playground and an elementary school,” police said.
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“The officer was in a fully marked police cruiser wearing an RCMP uniform. He exercised his discretion by issuing a warning to the driver, rather than issuing a ticket under the Motor Vehicle Act.
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Police said they recognize the public’s right to question anyone suspected of impersonating law enforcement.
“We treat these allegations very seriously,” the RCMP said, “and as such they should be investigated for the purpose of ascertaining the facts and not left unchecked or broadcast on the social media.”
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According to the police, anyone facing a similar situation is encouraged to report it to their local police department so that an investigation can be carried out.
“If you are worried at a traffic stop, stay inside your vehicle with the doors locked, roll down the window slightly and tell the officer you are calling the police department to make sure they are cleared. He is indeed a police officer,” the RCMP said.
“Call the non-emergency number for the police in that jurisdiction, who can confirm the officer’s presence at the traffic stop.”
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