Phony Cop, 14, Fakes Out Police 'Co-Workers'

Fooled even partner on patrol
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 26, 2009 1:56 AM CST
A 14-year-old in a police uniform managed to pose as a Chicago cop and was even given a radio, citations book and traffic assignment.   (AP Photo/NAm Y. Huh)
camera-icon View 2 more images

(Newser) – A 14-year-old boy posing as a Chicago traffic cop rode in a patrol car with a partner and completed five hours of a shift before anyone realized something was wrong. The teen turned up at a South Side police precinct in full uniform and fooled everyone except a single sergeant, reports Chicago's Channel 2 News.

The boy signed out a radio and citations book, but no weapon. He had no contact with the public, and officials don't believe he intended any harm. The teen has been charged with impersonating a police officer. "This individual has identified an egregious breech in security," a police official told reporters. "I probably have as many questions if not more than you."