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Trio Accused of Running Fake Police Force

One is an aide to California's attorney general

(Newser) - In January, police chiefs around California got letters informing them that new leaders were in place at the Masonic Fraternal Police Department. Which got them wondering, what on earth is the Masonic Fraternal Police Department? Turns out, it's a self-anointed group whose website claims jurisdiction in 33 states and... More »

Police: Fake Cop Pulls Over a Real One

Off-duty officer gives chase in Virginia

(Newser) - A man accused of impersonating a police officer had the bad luck to pull over an actual police officer, reports WUSA-TV . An off-duty cop in Dumfries, Va., says he pulled over when the Crown Vic behind him turned a spotlight on his car about 1am yesterday. When the Crown Vic... More »

Fake Veteran Once Impersonated a Dead Cop

Sean Yetman caught with Robert Hays' coat, badge in 2003

(Newser) - A man accused of impersonating a US military officer in a viral video was caught posing as a cop more than a decade ago. Sean Yetman pleaded guilty to impersonating a public servant in 2003, after he was caught during a routine traffic stop wearing the coat of a Philadelphia... More »

Cops: Wash. Man Posed as Policeman ... for 25 Years

Jim Bailey never graduated from police academy he went to a quarter-century ago

(Newser) - Something seemed amiss to police officers in Oak Harbor, Wash., who responded to an Aug. 6 call about an altercation in which a fellow officer required assistance. When they arrived on the scene, they found a man and woman who had been fighting and 69-year-old Jim Bailey, the supposed retired... More »

Cops: Guy Impersonates Officer During Test Drive

He allegedly pulls over a motorcyclist

(Newser) - It's one thing to impersonate a police officer and make a traffic stop . It another to do so while on a test drive, with employees from the auto dealership in the car with you. Police in Salem, Oregon, say Anthony McGuire did just that, reports OregonLive . Employees of a... More »

Cops: Man Impersonates Officer, Tries to Arrest Mayor

He allegedly claimed to be FBI agent

(Newser) - Police in the small town of Weaver, Alabama, say a man pretending to be an FBI agent showed up at City Hall in a failed attempt to arrest the mayor, reports the Anniston Star . When he was told the mayor wasn't there, Bobby Beck held up a pair of... More »

Fake Cop Pulls Over Real One

Detective pulls him over right back

(Newser) - The problem with impersonating a cop is that at some point you might run into a real one. Florida Detective Justin "Chance" Anderson was driving an unmarked car Monday when a 1999 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor he'd passed turned on its red-and-blue flashers. Anderson obligingly pulled over.... More »

Dunkin' Donuts Fan Arrested in Quest for 10% Discount

Charles Barry charged with impersonating an officer, improper use of firearm

(Newser) - A Florida man who apparently loves donuts as much as he loves a deal has been arrested after his attempt to pair the two went wrong. Charles "Chuck" Barry got fired up at a local Dunkin' Donuts when employees denied him a 10% police officer discount he'd been... More »

Scott Brown's Brother Accused of Weird Boat Heist

He allegedly impersonated a cop to commandeer the vessel

(Newser) - Connecticut police arrested a man yesterday, saying that he'd impersonated an officer, and used that disguise to steal a boat. Police found Bruce W. Browne, 46, driving a blue Crown Victoria adorned with police lights. Inside the car they found three loaded guns, two pairs of handcuffs, a police... More »

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