Beware of potential police impersonators conducting traffic stops

January 22, 2010 8:54:28 AM PST
Residents are cautioned to be aware of some police impersonators on the loose. Detectives with the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office are investigating an incident in which a female motorist was followed on Sunday, January 17, at approximately 9pm for a short period of time within the Tara subdivision. She became concerned when an unmarked white car, possibly a 2004 or 2005 mid-size Pontiac four-door following very closely activated red and blue police type lights located on the front dash.

Because the woman was close to her destination and she was uncertain of whether or not a true police officer was behind her, she continued to her destination and pulled into the driveway. When she exited her vehicle, a male rolled down his window, made several derogatory comments to her and subsequently sped away.

Detectives say the vehicle was occupied by three black males. One of the occupants is described as having a dark complexion, short hair and approximately 19 years of age. He was wearing a red shirt and a black baseball cap.

"Fort Bend County Sheriff's deputies will rarely make a traffic stop out of full uniform," Sheriff Milton Wright said. "Most traffic stops are made by uniformed deputies in marked cars with red and blue lights. If you are stopped by an unmarked vehicle or if you have reason to believe the driver is not a police officer, follow these precautionary measures."

  • Maintain current speed, obey all traffic laws, and proceed to the nearest police agency.
  • If you feel the need to pull over quickly, drive to a well illuminated area or densely populated location before stopping.
  • Leave your windows up and your doors locked.
  • Through the closed window, ask to see the officer's credentials, a police photo identification along with the officer's badge.
  • Use your cell phone to contact the police if you suspect the person attempting to stop you is not a legitimate police officer.
  • If you are still not convinced call 911 and check the ID with the dispatcher or ask to have a uniformed officer respond.