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20 Most Ridiculous Police Impersonators

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Police impersonation happens with amazing frequency considering the stupidity involved. See our list of the most ridiculous stories that is part hilarious, part terrifying.

See how officers respond to being pulled over by an obvious fake cop, or the detailed work involved in a federal bust of a cop impersonator ring. Police academy is an incredible challenge, hear about the guy who figured he would skip the hard work and get right to the streets.

You don’t want to miss collection list that runs the gambit from incredibly foolish to incredibly troublesome.

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    Anonymous

    almost 5 years ago

    The unfortunate thing is, and I'm not trying to bash this site but, at times it seems like there are a lot of police impersonators on here.

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    Anonymous

    almost 5 years ago

    Genius!

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    specop

    almost 5 years ago

    54 Comments

    dont down security becuse i work for a company that only does high risk popertys in section 8 neighborhoods were 80 percent of police officers dont even bother potroling and yes only get paid minimum wage

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    transport122

    almost 5 years ago

    2 Comments

    Where these guys just taking drugs and drug money off the street or were they taking the drugs then selling them to make even more money? If they were not selling the drugs and only harassing the dope dealers - where's the problem? The police can't be everywhere.

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    Lasz

    almost 5 years ago

    38 Comments

    There are so many stupid people. I would like to be in law enforcement therefore I'm looking for schools, but still I may not be eligible after some tests. These people should just take a test and see if they are even fit to work in law enforcement. This is ridiculous.

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    Silent_Observer

    almost 5 years ago

    446 Comments

    #5 / #9 / #20 - google "mall ninja" for some good laughs

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    Silent_Observer

    almost 5 years ago

    446 Comments

    #17 - I always worry about this type of break-in. How would the family know if it was a SWAT team at the wrong house or acting on bad information or if the intruders were criminals?

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    uncledennis1

    almost 5 years ago

    23318 Comments

    I live in Missouri and that incident was way out there. He fooled everyone and it is my understanding the department was swept clean

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    Anonymous

    almost 5 years ago

    "Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard tells WHMI-FM that 22-year-old William Byron Burton has been caught impersonating an officer six times... He was released on a $5,000 bond and ordered to stay away from the area where he was caught."

    So just how many times does it take for the courts to begin doing something about it?

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    cmdrphil

    almost 5 years ago

    56 Comments

    Lets see what we have here.... I want to be a cop but - 1) I'm only 14 years old but I still can fake out the real police for over 5 hours; 2) I have a criminal record but since I presented my business card the chief lets me kick in doors and make arrests (Oh the poor town - and I do mean poor, after the law suits are settled); 3) What's wrong with using a toy gun - after all I'm not authorized to have or carry a real one (and if I would have run across a REAL criminal I wouldn't ever have to worry about it again); 4) the girls are so impressed with me in my uniform (OK so I bought the uniform and I don't intend to stay in it any longer than is necessary to bed the girls anyway); 5) I simply LOVE those flassy lights. And everyone gets out of your way when you have them on (Oh sorry officer I didn't mean to use my flassy lights to make YOU pull over. 6) The louder the siren the better you get cars out of your way (excuse me mayor, I didn't mean for you to pull ofer). 7) I don't understand this one at all - a marine lance corporal who finds it necessary to impersonate a police officer. Like he's not already a hero. 8) and our fireman. I know why he did it. It because some one told him the reason God created police officer is so fireman could have heros.

    I'm so glad I'm retired. I can drive my policelimo (undercover Cadillac Escalade) without anyone bothering me. Oh I do have the retired police decal on the windshield and the FOP disk next to my license plate on back. Maybe I'm not so undercover as I thought.....

    All you active duty LEO's stay safe out there. When the hair on the back of your neck rises, take a step back and re-evaluate before you step into a pit of shit. All you retired officers - enjoy you retirement because you have already served your time in hell - Heaven is our next beat.

    Those who are willing to enter this profession - God be with you because you now face threats from just about everyone and everything. There's the ACLU, video cameras, cell phones, police impersonators, career criminals being released at a record pace just to get our prisons emptied, judges who refuse to sentence in accordance with established guidelines, judges who intrepret the law by ACLU standard (and I use that term loosely), and then there are dangers from within our own ranks (OK so a 14 yer old impersonator didn't write any tickets from the ticket book he was able to sign out). Simply amazing!!!!!

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    Secondcitycopper004

    almost 5 years ago

    20 Comments

    This one with the drugs in the article states that nothing was stolen and noone hurt and that the family was innocent but that the offenders had drugs in the car when they were leaving. Certainly they were innocent hmmm......

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    legionnare12

    almost 5 years ago

    2 Comments

    well i believe there is numbskulls like that out there!!!!!

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    Anonymous

    almost 5 years ago

    Story-dumb. Comments below- Outstanding! Especially Roneg's! ROFLOL!

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    bdub123

    almost 5 years ago

    2 Comments

    How A Phony Fed Fooled A Small Town
    GERALD, Missouri, Nov. 2, 2008
    (CBS) Like many small towns across the country, Gerald, Mo. was struggling with a tiny police force and a big drug problem. Then a man, known as "Sgt. Bill," showed up.

    Bill Jakob flashed a badge and announced his credentials: an undercover federal agent sent to clean up the town in a county with one of the highest number of methamphetamine labs in the country.

    He quickly helped police round up dozens of suspects and was welcomed like a conquering hero. As Katie Couric reports, it all seemed just a little too good to be true.

    "I didn't just wake up one morning and decide I was Batman or Superman. I found myself in Gerald," Jakob says.

    Jakob, driving his own undercover police car, arrived earlier this year in Gerald, a rural town so small there's only one traffic light for its 1,200 residents.

    "I woke up everyday with the intention of, 'Hey, I'm really doin' some great things here.' And I fed off of it and I enjoyed it. And you know, I slept good at night. I really did. I thought, man, 'I'm putting drug dealers out of business,'" he tells Couric.

    Jakob says making these arrests gave him an adrenaline rush. "But that isn't really the thing that I focused on, the most, was just every bust it was, it was a good bust."

    No one shared that sentiment more than Ryan McCrary, the new police chief who was struggling to control a growing drug problem with only four cops. Now he had a big time agent with the "Multi-Jurisdictional Narcotics Task Force" doing surveillance around the town and rounding up suspects.

    "Once everything started unfolding, he was the drug expert, pretty much, from the task force," McCrary recalls.

    The police chief says it felt "pretty good" to actually have some back up from what appeared to be the federal government.

    In two months, Jakob and Gerald police arrested about 20 people and, more often than not, Jakob says he got them to confess.

    Mayor Otis Schulte told 60 Minutes the town was grateful. "A lot o' people in town were. They thought that things are getting done. We got some help. I mean, a small town, we have one police officer on at a shift," the mayor explains.

    "So, in a way, for a period of time, Bill Jakob was like a guy on a white horse comin' in to save the day a bit?" Couric asks.

    "To help out, yes," Schulte says.

    "I was very effective," Jakob says. "I think part of it was the fact that they were out of their comfort zone. If you're used to dealing with a three-man or four-man police department out in the middle of nowhere in Gerald, Missouri, and all of a sudden you find yourself across the desk from a federal officer, that's intimidating."

    But Jakob wasn't a fed, had never been a fed, and wasn't even a certified cop.

    Bankrupt and unemployed, the closest he'd ever come to the feds was when he had worked as a security guard in the parking lot of the Federal Reserve Bank in St. Louis. But he was creative, and he concocted an elaborate scheme to con the entire town of Gerald into believing he was an agent working with a federal task force.

    Jakob says he told the police chief he worked for the "Multi-Jurisdictional Narcotics Task Force."

    Asked how he came up with that, Jakob told Couric, "You know, actually it sounded good. I've heard that it was used in a movie."

    That movie was "Beverly Hills Cop 2."

    "I've seen that movie. Maybe I had it subconsciously in the back of my head," Jakob says.

    He also got an official looking six-point star badge with the task force name on it from the Internet, as well as business cards with the Justice Department logo on them.

    Jakob says it isn't hard to make a business card. "I had to have these things. I mean, I was becoming this person."

    And soon he'd convinced the police chief to formally request his help from the Department of Justice: Jakob gave him a phony fax number and arranged for a female friend to answer the phone.

    Why did he do it, considering he wasn't getting paid?

    "I wanted to fit what they wanted me to be. They wanted my help and I wanted to help them. And so I thought, you know, 'Hey, if I can become this other person, and I can help these people, who am I hurting?'" Jakob asks.

    "Even if it was against the law?" Couric asks.

    "I was more concerned with the fact that it's against the law to be a drug dealer than it was to be against the law to pretend to be a cop," Jakob says.

    "Everything just fell together perfectly for his little scheme to work," says Police Chief Ryan McCrary, who says he trusted Jakob.

    McCrary doesn't buy Jakob's explanation that he was just trying to help. He thinks he wanted to feel important and powerful. Soon, witnesses say, "Sgt. Bill" was kicking in doors, brandishing a shotgun and making arrests.

    "He had information on things and people that we didn't have," McCrary says.

    Asked how he thinks Jakob got this information McCrary tells Couric, "To this day, I have no idea. I mean, he was on the phone constantly. We don't know who he was talking to."

    McCrary now believes Jakob actually made up evidence, like wiretaps and federal informants, something Jakob now denies. But police say those claims bolstered their case against one suspect: Tyson Williams.

    "Threw me down on the ground. They had their assault rifles, and their pistols to my head. They told me that if I moved, they'd blow my brains out. That they had a lot of evidence against me," Williams remembers.

    Williams was taken to the tiny police station. With no jail cell, it was soon overrun with suspects, some handcuffed to a bench. Jakob, who told 60 Minutes he did everything by the book, conducted his interrogations in the mayor's office.

    Williams says neither Jakob, nor anyone else read him his rights.

    He also says he asked "numerous times" to call his lawyer, but that they wouldn't let him; he also says they refused his request to call his father.

    "What if the suspect said, 'I'd like to have a lawyer present?'" Couric asks Jakob.

    "Fine. I'm done talking to you," Jakob says.

    He says he didn't allow a lawyer to be called. Asked why, Jakob says, "You have the right to an attorney present while I�m questioning you. I�m done questioning you."

    Jakob also admits he didn't always have a search warrant when he went into somebody's home. Why not?

    "One was, we walked up to a guy's house, pulled it the driveway, he runs out the front door carrying a bucket full of marijuana and pipes, yells, 'Cops,' turns around and runs back into the house. I don't think you have to have a warrant to go back in the house after him," Jakob says.

    "I think you do," Couric remarks.

    "Well, maybe you do. I'm not a cop," Jakob replies.

    Asked if he ever saw Jakob do something that was against police procedure, McCrary tells Couric, "Well, I can't say that for sure. Because their procedure and our procedure would be two different things."

    "But some of this stuff, it seems to me, is pretty basic. I mean, you're saying he got search warrants, read people their rights, did everything by the book?" Couric points out.

    "The search warrants he said he got. You know, he was doing all that over the phone," McCrary says.

    "In retrospect, do you feel as if you might have abdicated a little too much responsibility and power to him?" Couric asks.

    "Probably so," McCrary admits.

    Eventually, Jakob, perhaps fearing that he'd be found out, decided to take matters into his own hands. He told police he was taking Tyson Williams to a federal holding cell for further questioning.

    Williams says Jakob put him in his car and told him, "That he's gonna take me to a federal holdover. And, as the conversation went on, he turned around and took me to my girlfriend's house. Told me to call him twice a week. And not to go outside, not even to check the mail."

    A few weeks later, the story of Bill Jakob, federal agent, began to unravel. An enterprising reporter with the local paper, the Gasconade County Republican, named Linda Trest did something no one else had done: a background check.

    Two months after he joined forces with the Gerald Police, the real FBI arrested Jakob and his cover was blown. It turns out he had a long history of being a conman.

    "This isn't the first time that you've lied about something. You've pretended to be an Army veteran injured in Iraq. Do you have a problem with telling the truth?" Couric asks.

    Jakob says he is an Army veteran, but that he lied when he told people he had been in Iraq. "I lied on a resume," he says.

    Asked why, Jakob says, "Same reason anybody lies on a resume. I wanted a job."

    "So this isn't the first time you've pretended to be or do something you aren't or haven't done?" Couric asks,

    "It's not like I can't tell the truth. It's not like I've lied to everybody I've met. I told a few lies in my life. And I told one big one," Jakob says.

    Now, the town of Gerald is paying the price. The police chief and two other officers were fired. And because of Jakob's involvement, no one he arrested has been charged. Instead, many of them are suing the town for tens of millions of dollars for violating their civil rights.

    One of them is Michael Holland, who Jakob told us he got to confess.

    According to the police report, a pound of marijuana was seized from his car, but Holland says, "There was nothing in my car, nothing."

    "But this is a pretty lengthy confession," Couric remarks.

    "I don't know. I mean, that's crazy. I don't know how that came about," Holland says.

    But he acknowledges it was in his handwriting.

    "Some people watching this will see you as someone who was caught dealing drugs, and who is not only getting away with it, but who's trying to benefit from that very crime by suing the city for a lot of money. What would you say to that?" Couric asks.

    "I have no idea. I mean, it's not about the money, really. I just want him to get what he deserves," Holland says.

    Jakob pled guilty to 23 counts against him, including impersonating a federal officer. He'll be sentenced in December and faces five to six years in prison. And while it may be tempting to believe his version of the story - that he was only trying to do some good in the town of Gerald - remember Jakob is a master of deception.

    "For me it wasn't about trying to pull something over on somebody. I'm not stupid, I knew what I was doing, I knew I wasn't a cop. I knew I wasn't a fed. I knew what I was doing wasn�t legal. But, you know, it isn't like I was out robbin' people. It wasn't like I was out beatin' people. It isn't like I was arresting drug dealers," he says. "Yeah I didn't say it was smart."

    "People can't just walk off the street�have a fake federal badge, have fake business cards," Couric points out.

    "No, they can't. And I hope anybody out there that's ever thought about doin' this looks at me now. Don't do it. Don't do it. It's not worth it. I'm not ashamed of the fact that I cleaned up a town. I'm goin' to prison. I am going to prison for arresting drug dealers that aren't goin' to prison," he says.

    "That's not why you're going to prison," Couric says.

    Jakob's reply? "But that's all I did."

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    AndrewHawkes

    almost 5 years ago

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    5 Ways to Stop Police Impersonators
    Andrew G. Hawkes
    highwaydruginterdiction.com

    Law enforcement officers across the country share information everyday about suspected police impersonators that are roaming our streets, conducting traffic stops, committing crimes, often violent in nature, and then driving off into the abyss with little information other than "A white car with lights and a male in a dark uniform with some unknown type of badge".

    Stopping these offenders, or at the very least hindering their illegal operation doesn't have to be as difficult as it seems. It is funny to me how some of the lawmakers of our state can over look such small loopholes in our statutes that sometimes create huge problems.

    For example, in Texas, we have quite a few offenses that involve criminals impersonating police. Here are a few of my suggestions that the legislature could act upon to help curtain this problem:

    1. Stop selling used retired squad cars to the general public. We drive Ford Crown Vic police interceptors that are simply stripped of the decals and sold at auction to anyone that wants to pay $3000 for one of them. The next thing you know is you're on patrol and you can't tell if it's a detective from a local agency or an impersonator. Everyone from volunteer firemen to minimum wage security guards are driving white Crown Vics with spotlights and dark tinted windows. This practice has to stop.

    2. Write new and tougher legislation on flashing lights and strobes. Don't allow everyone and their mother to have some sort of variation of strobes that are legal. Narrow the statutes and be extremely specific about the use of all types of colored strobe lights and limit them to emergency vehicles only.

    3. For the love of God come up with a standardized, across the board uniform for all private security guards and companies and make sure that they do not resemble police uniforms in anyway. I've seen marked uniforms and security "patrol" vehicles that are exact matches for the Dallas Police Department and the only difference is the tiny wording on the patches or car.

    4. Enact legislation to stop the practice in law enforcement agencies to drive unmarked, colored squad cars. When you see an unmarked, colored squad car, you still know it's the police, so what purpose do they serve? They are not covert so mark them out or drive something more covert.

    5. We live in a society of scam artists, even in law enforcement, We as officer's must be more lenient when it comes to the average citizen wanting and expecting more "proof" that we are indeed the police. These impersonators have created this problem. But, because of this problem, as a cop I have to be patient and not be offended if I need to show someone my ID card, let them read the wording on my badge and patch and even hand everyone that I encounter my business card. I tell my family if they ever question someone who looks like a police officer that stops them to ask for these things, and if you are a real "cop" you should have no problem comforting them. It can't be an ego thing; it must be handled as a safety issue.

    God bless the men and women in blue that put their life on the line to serve and protect. And if you are one that wants to be a fake to commit crimes, watch out, because we are coming for you.

    Andrew G. Hawkes
    http://www.highwaydruginterdiction.com

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